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Limited service offered at Sudbury airport

Safety of travellers, staff remains priority
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The Greater Sudbury Airport said it remains open to offer limited, but essential, services during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)

The Greater Sudbury Airport said it is continuing to offer limited service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Service with Bearskin Airlines and Air Canada is continuing on a limited basis, while Porter Airlines has suspended flights until June 29.

The airport also remains open for cargo operations and emergency services, such as medevac and firefighting flights.

“Like all airports around the world, the Greater Sudbury Airport has felt the dramatic and unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 – impacts that extend well beyond the airport to the wider aviation, travel and tourism sectors,” said Dawn Larsen, the airport’s communications manager, in an April 28 news release.

“We are seeing a reduction in flights as airlines work to streamline their operations during this unprecedented time.”

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The airport said it’s working with government, health agencies, and airlines to help move people safely during the pandemic.

A number of measures have been taken to enhance safety at the airport, including sanitization throughout the terminal, keeping non-essential workers at home, and allowing only front-line staff and passengers inside the terminal.

The airport has also installed physical distancing signs and floor decals, and plays regular audio messages as a reminder to practise physical distancing.

“The safety of the passengers, our partners and our employees are of the greatest importance to the Greater Sudbury Airport at this time,” Larsen said.

The Greater Sudbury Airport is one of Northern Ontario’s busiest airports and is currently served by Air Canada and Bearskin Airlines at a limited capacity and frequency during the COVID-19 crisis.