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Key steps Canada can take to ease air travel as demand surges

By Jeff Morrison and Monette Pasher      

More than 50 countries have dropped all COVID-related air travel restrictions, including vaccine mandates, and Canada should do the same.

In January 2022, airline passenger bookings were 20 per cent what they had been at the same time in 2019; by June 2022, they were over 80 per cent. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

There’s no question that air travel has had its challenges this summer. After it ground almost to a halt over the course of the pandemic, Canadians have been clear that they are ready and eager to once again take to the skies. In January 2022, airline passenger bookings were 20 per cent what they had been at the same time in 2019; by June 2022, they were over 80 per cent of June 2019 booking levels.

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