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Coronavirus pandemic prompts changes for Charlottetown airport

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Doug Newson, CEO, Charlottetown Airport Authority
Doug Newson, CEO, Charlottetown Airport Authority

The Charlottetown Airport continues to operate during the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) pandemic, although with several limitations and safety measures in place, says the airport’s CEO.

As of April 6, Air Canada flights have been limited to one per day, and flights between Charlottetown and Nova Scotia have been suspended to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Airport CEO Doug Newson said some airlines are still flying, but with limited passengers and on a limited schedule.

“There are still people travelling home from away and travelling for essential reasons," Newson said.

“The last few weeks, the passenger numbers got lower and lower, to the point we are almost operating at 10 per cent, compared to this time last year.” 

Newson said the airport has doubled its cleaning efforts and has laid out safety procedures for workers.

“We have increased our cleaning; we have worked with our cleaning contractors to do extra cleaning.”

Throughout the terminals, hand sanitizer and washing stations have been installed, and airport workers are also doing their best to encourage physical distancing, Newson said.

“We’ve asked people to remain in their cars if they are picking people up," he said.

"We’ve also encouraged people not to enter the terminal building unless they are travelling.”

Airport food and beverage services are limited to take-out only and now operate with reduced hours.

More updates on the Charlottetown Airport can be found at flypei.com.

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