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Saturday, September 24, 2022

According to experts, there is no end in sight to the travel woes at congested airports

Travel problems at congested airports have no end in sight, according to experts.

Key Takeaways:

  • Some expect that the situation will not change very soon as travel grows and delays at Canada’s main airport persist, as well as the release of new Omicron subvariants.
  • As of Monday, domestic and outgoing international travelers will no longer be required to show proof of COVID-19 inoculation.
  • An increase in Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 in Canada, according to some experts, could lead to an increase in occurrences.

As travel increases and delays at Canada’s busiest airport persist, as well as the introduction of new Omicron subvariants, some predict that the situation will not improve very soon.

On Sunday, travel expert Jim Byers told CTV News Channel, “I say pack your bags, pack your patience.”

“Bring a podcast to listen to, a book to read, a snooze, set your iPhone alarm for an hour or so, and just take a small break or go for a stroll because it’ll happen.”

Long delays, canceled flights, and long lines have annoyed passengers at Toronto Pearson International Airport for weeks.

Nearly half a million travelers were stranded at Pearson International Airport in May after arriving on international planes.

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Staffing numbers at customs and immigration counters, as well as COVID-19 border controls, have been cited by some as contributing to the problem, along with an increase in passenger traffic.

Byers recommends arriving at Pearson three hours ahead of time just to be safe.

While some valid global difficulties, such as supply chain bottlenecks, he claims that practically everyone in the tourism business expected this “pent-up demand.”

To assist reduce wait times, the federal government says it has employed roughly 900 Canadian Air Transport Security Authority screening personnel across the country.

On June 11, it also discontinued mandated random COVID-19 testing at all airports. Before moving off-site, the suspension will last until the end of the month.

Domestic as well as outbound international travelers will no longer be needed to produce proof of COVID-19 immunization as of Monday. To enter Canada, foreign nationals must still get vaccinated.

Travel problems at congested airports have no end in sight, according to experts.
Travel problems at congested airports have no end in sight, according to experts. Image from Fortune

Meanwhile, Dr. Christopher Labos, a cardiologist and epidemiologist based in Montreal, warned Canadians to be cautious when traveling.

“COVID is rising in several parts of Europe, for example. COVID is on the rise in several parts of the United States. So there are current surges in play, “On Sunday, he told CTV News Channel.

According to some experts, an increase in Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 in Canada could lead to an increase in instances.

According to Labos, caution should be exercised depending on where and what you do.

He also advised travelers to verify their travel insurance coverage for any exclusions based on whether or not they are infected with COVID-19.

“If you’re going to sit on the beach and not engage with other people,” Labos said, “your chance of contracting COVID is probably fairly minimal.”

“However, if you’re going to places, nightclubs, including going to a lot of indoor settings as well as coming into contact with a lot of people, there’s a risk.”

Source: CTV News

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