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BCCDC identifies 23 new Vancouver flights for possible COVID-19 exposure

The agency tagged a whopping 23 flights in only seven days.
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On Sept. 29, 2021, the BCCDC warned airline passengers they may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) on multiple recent Vancouver flights. Photo: People wearing face masks on a plane / Getty Images

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is warning airline passengers they may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) on multiple recent Vancouver flights. 

Despite increased safety protocol for air travellers entering Canada, numerous passengers travelling through Vancouver International Airport continue to test positive for the virus. 

The BCCDC updates its list of potential public exposures on flights through B.C. airports regularly. In the past week, the agency has identified 23 Vancouver flights with passengers who tested positive. 

Have a look at the flights and rows with possible exposures. 

  • Sept. 4, WestJet 707, Toronto to Vancouver (Rows 12 - 19)
  • Sept. 8, Air Canada 306, Vancouver to Montreal (Rows 35 - 41)
  • Sept. 8, WestJet 701, Toronto to Vancouver (Rows not reported)
  • Sept. 13, Flair Flight 445, Edmonton to Vancouver (Rows 18 - 24)
  • Sept. 14, Air Canada 860, Vancouver to London (Rows not reported)
  • Sept. 14, British Airways 84, Vancouver to London (Rows not reported)
  • Sept.15 WestJet 718, Vancouver to Toronto (Rows 21 - 27)
  • Sept. 16, Air Canada 1041, Las Vegas to Vancouver (Rows 23 - 29)
  • Sept. 17,  Air Canada 860, Vancouver to London (Rows 12 - 14)
  • Sept. 17, Air Canada 1041, Las Vegas to Vancouver (Rows 1 - 4 and 23 - 29)
  • Sept.18, Air Canada 303, Montreal to Vancouver (Rows 24 - 28)
  • Sept. 19,  Air Canada/Jaz 8218, Vancouver to Cranbrook (Rows not reported)
  • Sept. 19, Air Canada/Jaz 8219, Cranbrook to Vancouver (Rows not reported) 
  • Sept. 20, Air Canada 225, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 12 - 17) 
  • Sept. 21, Air Canada/Jazz 8571, Regina to Vancouver (Rows 21 - 27)
  • Sept. 22, Air Canada 245, Edmonton to Vancouver (Rows 24 - 30)
  • Sept. 22, Air Canada/Jazz 8234, Vancouver to Terrace (Rows 9 - 15)
  • Sept. 22, WestJet 175, Edmonton to Vancouver (Rows 11 - 17) 
  • Sept. 23, Air Canada 997, Mexico City to Vancouver (Rows 27 - 30)
  • Sept. 23, WestJet615, Ottawa to Vancouver (Rows 6 - 12) 
  • Sept. 23, WestJet 1697, Los Angeles to Vancouver (Rows 1 -- 4)
  • Sept. 23, Lufthansa 492, Frankfurt to Vancouver (Rows 36 - 39)
  • Sept. 24, WestJet701, Toronto to Vancouver (Rows 16 - 22) 

Any travellers returning to B.C. are encouraged to check the public health agency's website for updates about flights identified for the risk of exposure. 

Currently, the Government of Canada states that you should avoid all travel outside of the country until further notice due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

Coronavirus: What Canadians should do before they travel 

Many countries around the world now allow fully vaccinated Canadians to skip quarantine but some are entertaining the idea of implementing an expiration date on when travellers received their vaccines.

No matter where you plan to travel, make sure you check the Travel Advice and Advisories page for your destination twice: once when you are planning your trip, and again shortly before you leave.

Find out more information about international and domestic travel for B.C. residents