Traveller Information – COVID-19 - Fredericton International Airport
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Traveller Information – COVID-19

March 11, 2020

Updated May 26, 2020

Fredericton International Airport (YFC) is continuing to monitor developments related to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

We remain in close contact with our provincial and federal government partners on this issue. The safety of travellers, visitors, and employees is, as always, our top priority.

This is an evolving situation, and we encourage all travellers to visit the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) website for the most up-to-date information: www.canada.ca/coronavirus.

A toll-free information line and email address, which offers services in both languages, has been set up by the Government of New Brunswick to help answer non-health related questions, including questions about compliance with the state of emergency. The number, 1-844-462-8387, is operational seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The email address is helpaide@gnb.ca.

What we are doing

  • To support public health practices, YFC has increased sanitation and cleaning throughout the terminal.
  • At the request of the public health agencies, we have posted information regarding precautionary measures that can be taken by the public in key areas of the terminal.
  • We have added hand sanitizer stations throughout the terminal.
  • CBSA is the agency responsible for screening travellers entering Canada from international locations, and they have implemented enhanced screening measures in airports across Canada.

What you need to know before travelling

Before you come to the airport, please review the following requirements:

  • We are asking that ONLY people who are travelling enter the terminal building. If you are not flying, please do not enter the building. This will help us to ensure social distancing and minimize exposure for employees and travellers.
  • When travelling by air, travellers are encouraged to wear non-medical masks or face coverings whenever possible, but at a minimum are required to cover their mouth and nose:
    • at Canadian airport screening checkpoints, where the screeners cannot always keep two metres of separation between themselves and the passenger;
    • during flight when they cannot physically distance from others, or as directed by the airline employees; and
    • when directed to do so by a public health order or public health official.
  • Food service is limited to vending machines only.
  • As required by the State of Emergency order, travellers are required to maintain a distance of two metres from others, and this includes while lining up for security and check-in.
  • Anyone, traveller or employee, who is showing symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to comply with the state of emergency declaration by remaining in self-isolation and should therefore not enter the airport.
  • Car rentals: Enterprise and National Car Rentals are now operating 8am-4pm Monday to Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Any existing reservations that may have been booked in advance will still be accommodated outside of this time. Budget & Avis Car Rentals are open by reservation only, there is no walk-in service. Click here for car rental contact info.

Air service updates

  • As of May 5 until July 4, WestJet will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only, departing YFC at 1510. The schedule beyond July 4 has not yet been determined.
  • Effective April 7, Air Canada will be operating one daily flight to Montreal, and this will be the only Air Canada flight departing from YFC for the time being.
  • Porter Airlines has suspended flights until July 28.
  • Sunwing Vacations has suspended all southbound flights until June 25.

As this pandemic progresses, we expect to see additional changes and cancellations. Please check your flight status before leaving home.

How you can help prevent viruses, including COVID-19, from spreading

To reduce the spread of coronavirus, the PHAC recommends following the same precautionary measures as you would to help prevent the spread of cold or flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • When coughing or sneezing cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissues to reduce the spread of germs
  • Immediately dispose of any tissues you have used into the garbage as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards

Where to find more information

The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 can be found at PHAC’s website.

Information on restrictions specific to New Brunswick can be found on the provincial government’s public health website.

For information on cancelling or re-booking travel, contact your airline. Please note the due to high call volumes, the airlines are requesting that travellers only call if they have flights booked to leave within the next 72 hours.