Looks like Pearson Airport's flight schedule will start to pick up again soon. The Emirates airline is hitting the skies as of May 21 to nine destinations worldwide, including international flights to Toronto. Passengers will have to pass extensive screenings to board these flights.
According to a release issued by Emirates, the airline will soon be travelling to London Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt, Chicago, Madrid, Milan, Sydney, Melbourne and Toronto. Narcity has reached out to Pearson Airport authorities for more details.
Emirates' statement emphasizes that only those who comply with the eligibility and entry requirements of the country they are heading to will be permitted to board.
"This includes an approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) for UAE residents who wish to return to Dubai," reads the statement.
“We are working closely with the authorities to plan the resumption of operations to additional destinations," said Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer, Adel Al Redha.
"We have implemented additional measures at the airport in coordination with the relevant authorities in respect to social distancing and sanitization."
"The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and communities, remain our top priority,” he added.
In order to ensure the safety of all travellers and crew members, social distancing will be implemented and sanitary measures will continue to be in place.
To ensure minimal contact on-board, the in-flight services will be modified.
Magazines and reading material will not be available and carry-on luggage for cabin storage will have to be checked in. Essentials such as aptops, handbags, briefcases or baby things are the only items permitted, says the release.
As for carriers like Air Canada, passenger safety measures have also been implemented on flights.
Starting May 15, those flying with Air Canada will have to get their temperatures taken before boarding. Those with a temperature of over 37.5 C will be denied entry.
The airline will also be blocking adjacent seating to ensure proper distancing.
Air Canada's executive is optimistic about regular flying resuming later this year. The carrier's Vice President of Cargo, Tim Strauss, said recently that he believes we will see more flying by Christmas time.
As of right now, however, Canada's border with the U.S. remains closed. On May 13, the border closure was reportedly extended by another month, with exceptions for essential travel only.