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BCCDC identifies 38 new Vancouver flights for possible COVID-19 exposure

This covers a 14-day period.
An air traveller wearing a non-medical face mask at a Canadian airport. Photo: Getty Images

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

Last week, Vancouver Is Awesome shared 16 Vancouver flights that were added to the list of potential COVID-19 public exposures.

Since then, the following 38 new flights have been added to the BCCDC's list of affected flights:

  • Apr 15, WestJet 706,Vancouver to Toronto (Rows 25-31)
  • April 15: United Airlines/Air Canada 5689/4254, San Francisco to Vancouver) (Rows not reported)
  • Apr 17: Air Canada 45, Delhi to Vancouver (Rows 20-30, 34-40 and unknown)
  • April 18: WestJet 706, Vancouver to Toronto (Rows 14-20)
  • Apr 18: Air Canada 234, Vancouver to Edmonton (Rows not reported)
  • Apr 19, Flair 8861, Toronto to Vancouver (Rows 2-7)
  • Apr 19, Alaska Airlines 3316, Seattle to Vancouver (Rows 6-10)
  • Apr 19: Air Canada 103, Toronto to Vancouver (Rows 1-5)
  • Apr 20, Air Canada 225, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 19-25)
  • April 20: Air Canada 116, Vancouver to Toronto (Rows 15-21)
  • Apr 21, Air Canada 215, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 25-31)
  • April 21, Air Canada 116, Vancouver to Toronto  (Rows 24-30)
  • Apr 21, Air Canada/Jazz 8079, Vancouver to Victoria (Rows 3-9)
  • Apr 21, Air Canada/Jazz 8261, Vancouver to Nanaimo (Rows 7-13)
  • Apr 21, WestJet 115, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 8-14)
  • Apr 22, WestJet 136, Vancouver to Calgary (Rows 1-5)
  • April 22, Lufthansa 492, Frankfurt to Vancouver (Rows not reported)
  • Apr 23, WestJet 706, Vancouver to Toronto (Rows not reported)
  • Apr 23, WestJet 711, Toronto to Vancouver (Rows not reported)
  • Apr 24, American Airlines 2263, Dallas to Vancouver (Rows 10-16)
  • Apr 24, Air Canada 212, Vancouver to Calgary (Rows 14-20)
  • Apr 24, Air Canada/Jazz 8182, Fort St. John to Vancouver (Rows 2-8)
  • Apr 24, Air Canada/Jazz 8414, Vancouver to Kelowna (Rows 6-12)
  • Apr 24, Air Canada/Jazz 8543, Regina to Vancouver (Rows 14-20)
  • Apr 25, Pacific Coastal Airlines 8P458, Trail to Vancouver (Rows not reported)
  • April 25, Flair 8102, Toronto to Vancouver (Rows 13-19)
  • April 25, WestJet112, Vancouver to Calgary (Rows 9-15)
  • Apr 25: Flair Airlines 8102, Toronto to Vancouver (Rows 13-19)
  • Apr 26: Air Canada 202, Vancouver to Calgary (Rows 12-16)
  • Apr 26, Air Canada/Jazz 8245, Terrace to Vancouver (Rows 1-7)
  • Apr 27: Canadian North Airlines 5T1541, Terrace to Vancouver (Rows not reported)
  • Apr 27: WestJet 126, Vancouver to Calgary (Rows 12-18)
  • Apr 28: Air Canada 215, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 12-20)
  • Apr 28: WestJet 129, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 20-26)
  • Apr 29: Air Canada 123, Toronto to Vancouver (Rows 41-46)
  • Apr 29: Air Canada/Jazz8618, Vancouver to Winnipeg (Rows 19-25)
  • Apr 29: Air Canada 225, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 14-20)
  • Apr 29: WestJet 139, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 9-15)

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. In a global travel advisory, the government notes that "This advisory overrides other risk levels on this page, with the exception of any risk levels for countries or regions where we advise to avoid all travel."

Coronavirus: What to expect if you arrive in Canada via plane 

Travellers entering Canada by air need to book a hotel for a three-night stay upon arrival. They also need to provide a negative result for a COVID-19 molecular test taken within a 72-hour timeframe of their scheduled flight. 

All hotels are located near one of the four Canadian airports currently accepting international flights. These accommodations are privately owned and authorized by the Government of Canada.

Some of the hotels offer direct online booking for government-authorized accommodation. For all others, identify that you require accommodation for the COVID-19 mandatory three-night stopover to ensure you are booked correctly.

While in quarantine travellers will have three meals delivered to their rooms but hotel personnel are not permitted inside. Guests will be provided with cleaning supplies.

Find out more information about what to expect during your stay at a government-authorized hotel.