Air Canada announced today that the airline, in collaboration with the Government of Canada, will operate a special flight on March 21 from Morocco to bring Canadians home.
“We understand it’s a challenging time for all Canadians who are still abroad and anxious to come back home. Our teams are working around the clock with the Canadian Government and offering our global reach to do everything we can to repatriate as many Canadians as possible, recognizing that we will not be able to assist all,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.
🇨🇦 in Morocco📢 Possibilities out of Marrakech throughout today. If you are in or near Marrakech please head to the airport:
1. TUI flight to London at 14h30
2. US repatriation flights: If there are seats available, Canadians will be welcome to board (❤️🇺🇸). Go to US desk
— Nell Stewart (@NellStewart) March 21, 2020
Air Canada will operate a wide-body aircraft, with 450 seats, from, Casablanca, Morocco to Montreal. Global Affairs Canada is coordinating local arrangements for Canadians wishing to return home.
Canadians abroad should contact local embassies and consulates for more information.
“We are doing everything possible to assist Canadians abroad to return home and we appreciate the support of Air Canada, which is providing its technical and operational expertise to help us. It is an excellent example of the type of cooperation and supports the Government of Canada is encouraging in the face of this unprecedented public health crisis,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
ADVISORY TO CANADIANS IN MOROCCO: @AirCanada will operate a flight tomorrow. See below for details. The government is proud to work with the airlines to help Canadians come home. https://t.co/wiRFDANOBh
— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) March 20, 2020
The Canadian Government has also announced that it will provide financial assistance for Canadians abroad directly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak to help secure their return.
It is important for those traveling to be reminded that only Canadian citizens, permanent residents and members of their immediate family holding a valid travel document will be permitted to board these flights to Canada. All passengers will undergo a health screening before boarding the aircraft. Any passenger presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be denied boarding unless they can present a medical certificate confirming any symptoms are not related to COVID-19. Upon arrival in Canada, all passengers will be requested to self-isolate for a period of 14 days