International flights will resume at Ottawa International Airport for the first time since spring 2020

OTTAWA – International flights resumed at Ottawa International Airport on Sunday for the first time since spring 2020.

“We were quite pumped to welcome our first cross-border flight in 19 months today,” Ottawa Airport said in a message on Twitter.

Flair Airlines flight 8334 departed from Ottawa for Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 7 a.m., the first international flight out of Ottawa International Airport since the COVID-19 pandemic brought travel to a halt at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Flair Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale landed at Ottawa Airport at 14.30

Ottawa Airport said there were “many happy reunions” on Flair Airlines’ first flight from Fort Lauderdale to Ottawa.

“Including those grandparents who were greeted by their daughter and granddaughter,” YOW said on Twitter.

Meanwhile, a United Airlines plane landed in Ottawa from the Washington Dulles just before 7 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday’s flights are the first in a series of international flights to be resumed at Ottawa Airport this week.

On Monday, Flair Airlines will fly to Orlando, while United Airlines will resume flights from Ottawa to Washington Dulles.

WestJet will resume service to Cancun on November 13, while Sunwing will add non-stop flights from Ottawa to hot destinations in mid-November.

The resumption of international flights comes after the federal government quietly withdrew its advice against all unnecessary travel abroad last Thursday.

Flair Airlines announced this summer that it would fly from Ottawa to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Las Vegas between October 31 and March 26.

Air Canada and Air Transat will add flights from Ottawa to the United States and the Caribbean in late November and December.

AIR CANADA TO TORONTO ISLAND AIRPORT

Air Canada launched daily service between Ottawa International Airport and Toronto Island on Sunday.

The airline will operate four daily return flights between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Ottawa.

Flights will depart Ottawa daily at 7.00, 8.30, 16.25 and 18.30. Flights from Toronto to Ottawa depart at 7.00, 8.35, 17.00 and 18.00.

REQUIREMENTS FOR VACCINATION

Travelers must now prove that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to board all flights at Ottawa airports and across Canada.

From kl. 3 in the morning of October 30, everyone 12 years and older must show proof of vaccination to fly.

The federal government provides a “short transition period” with unvaccinated travelers who can travel if they show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel. The government says rapid tests – known as antigen tests – will not be accepted by airlines and VIA Rail.

From November 30, only fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed on planes, trains and boats in Canada.

With files from CTV News Ottawa’s Michael Woods

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