Canada will suspend random checks on the Covid-19 at all airports in the country by the end of June to reduce the long wait for passengers seen in recent weeks, a government source said today.
The tests will stop on Saturday and will resume on July 1 “outside the premises” of the airports.
Some aviation executives have argued that random tests were responsible for delays at airports, exacerbating the already long wait. At Toronto Pearson Airport, many aircraft waited for hours at the gates to complete security checks due to lack of staff. Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada, canceled nearly 10 percent of its flights from Pearson in the first week of June, according to data from Cirium, a company that collects aviation data.
The Canadian Aviation Safety Agency (CATSA) has been hiring 865 staff since April to respond to increased passenger traffic.