DORVAL – Terminal empty, shops closed, and taxis difficult to find: the Montréal-Trudeau airport seemed almost to Mirabel Saturday, but the situation is about to change.
With the progressive reopening of several airports around the world, Quebecers may be tempted to go abroad, even if the COVID-19 remains a source of concern in many countries.
One thing is certain, the interest is there. In the last days, the number of searches for travel has tripled on the website of CAA-Quebec.
“Most look for more later, but there are people for whom traveling is a second nature and are ready to purchase it right away,” observed Pierre-Olivier Fortin, a spokesman for CAA-Quebec.
Think about it-well
However, travel to foreign countries is strongly discouraged, even if prices for some destinations are very attractive currently.
“For example, the border between the United States and Canada is expected to reopen on 21 June, but it’s been several times that this date is deferred. If it is postponed again to a date after your booking, you will not be compensated by your insurer,” said Mr. Fortin.
Insurance can also be a problem if you catch the coronavirus abroad. According to CAA, as world Affairs, Canada will continue to criticize the movement on non-essential outside of the country, we will not reimburse the medical costs for this disease.
Moreover, it is important to refer to the notice of government before leaving.”In your destination country, it may be that you are forced to do 14 days of quarantine in your hotel room. And if nothing changes here, when you come back, you still have to do 14 days of quarantine. You can’t return to work right away. Then you have to wonder if it is really worth”, illustrated by Pierre-Olivier Fortin.
See the country
In the Face of these many pitfalls, CAA notes that the globe-trotters in quebec, especially turn to destinations, cross-Canada for the time being.
This is the case of William Durham, cross Saturday afternoon at Montreal-Trudeau airport as he left to join his cousin in British Columbia.
“This is my trip to celebrate the end of my studies. If it had not been for the COVID, perhaps I would be part of it in London. The West, it is in the same country, I feel myself more safe,” said the one who needs to wear a mask throughout the journey, in accordance with the policy of Air Canada.
Semblance of normality
Speaking of the largest carrier in the country, it announced this week the recovery as soon as Monday on several international routes, which had had to be put aside because of the crisis.
In short, despite all the warnings, there will always be a little bit more of passengers at Montréal-Trudeau this summer.
The planned re-opening of the canadian border to the U.s., on the 21st of June, and other foreigners, June 30, is also expected to bring a few tourists to Montreal.
“We will still be far from a return to normal for the traffic. It is hard to say when this will be the case,” said Anne-Sophie Hamel, spokesperson for Aéroports de Montréal (ADM).
ADM will unveil a plan in the next few days to ensure that the sanitary measures continue to be met, even with a turnout greater.
Tourism during the crisis
For the time being, about 60 aircraft depart and arrive to Dorval each day, which is 10 times less than usual.
As astonishing as it may seem, throughout the crisis, tourists had tried to enter the country.
Between 22 march and 14 may, some 480 people were refused entry to their arrival in one of the airports in the country, according to figures provided by the border services Agency of Canada.