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As the world continues to face ongoing challenges arising from COVID-19, we at YYJ continue to do our part to ensure our guests are as safe as possible while in our care.
We are living in unprecedented times, with the aviation and tourism industries being impacted at a staggering level. What we initially believed might be a two-month period of restrictions has now entered its second year. With each passing news cycle, it seems the world takes two steps forward and then one step backward. However, with the rollout of the vaccine there is great optimism that recovery is on the horizon. I expect that recovery will be a gradual process, but we are a country that relies on air travel given our vast geography and population dispersion.
Many people have been affected by COVID-19 and missed out on significant special occasions, dream vacations or important business meetings. The desire to reconnect is palpable, and there is a strong desire to travel as soon as people feel safe again. As restrictions are lifted, air travel will play a major role in helping to restore economic growth. Travellers will be looking for reassurance that the highest possible standards are in place to protect their health and safety.
The airlines and airports have been working diligently on health and safety strategies since the initial lockdown in March 2020. In July of last year, we introduced a new TravelSafe YYJ program:
to protect passengers from potential exposure to COVID-19. As a result of this program, YYJ received Airport Health Accreditation from Airports Council International, which establishes how aligned an airport’s health practices are with the International Civil Aviation Council (ICAO) Aviation Restart Task Force recommendations.
While there is still a very long road to recovery, we know that one day soon we will get there. In the meantime, please know that our airport community is working hard to make sure you travel safely and when it is time for you to travel again, we will be ready when you are.
From all of us at Victoria International Airport, we look forward to serving you.
President and CEO
Victoria International Airport