Alberta-based quarantine trial begins

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WestJet passengers can fly from LAX to Calgary to participate in the programme

The WS1511 from Los Angeles (LAX) to Calgary International Airport (YYC) are the first international flights to take part in a new testing program, initiated by WestJet 

The new government of Alberta pilot program offers a reduced quarantine period, whilst protecting the public from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.  

Arved Von Zur Muehlen, chief commercial officer at WestJet, feels the scheme may be able to ease the minds of those who are currently nervous about flying. “The start of this unique trial is a significant first step in giving peace of mind to those who need to travel and are apprehensive due to the rigorous quarantine requirements and testing restrictions. 

“This pilot is the health and science-based approach that WestJet and our industry has been seeking.” 

Eligible participants include Canadians and permanent residents arriving at Calgary International Airport on non-stop international flights who will remain in the Province of Alberta for a minimum of 14-days or exempt travellers who will remain for less than 14-days. 

For those taking part in the pilot, the quarantine will only be necessary until a negative test is received. The system is hoping to decrease the isolation period to as little as two days.  

Since the pandemic began, WestJet has increased its health and safety measures. The airline has said it is using a data-driven, science-based approach in order to know the best policies and practices to implement.  

According to the carrier, it is the only airline to reintroduce a network of international markets from Calgary. These locations include Palm Springs, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas.  

Since March, more than one million passengers have flown on over 25,000 flights with the airline.