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Toronto Pearson Airport tops number of international arrivals infected with coronavirus

Since August 31, 21 different international flights landed at Pearson Airport with passengers who subsequently were shown to carry the virus.

Toronto Pearson Airport has seen the highest number of international arrivals who are infected with the coronavirus, according to Health Canada. 

Since August 31, 21 different international flights landed at the airport with passengers who subsequently were shown to carry the virus. 

With regards to the flight’s origins, four were found to be arriving from Delhi and another two came from Chicago. 

Flights coming from Mexico City, Cairo, Ethiopia, Delhi, Jamaica, Frankfurt and elsewhere also carried infected passengers into Canada. 

A large portion of the flights were Air Canada planes, and another two were flown by United Airlines and United Express. 

Toronto outnumbered Vancouver by a factor of two with regards to infected international arrivals. Vancouver’s international airport only saw nine flights carrying infected passengers over this time period. 

Vancouver was followed by Montreal which had six infected flights and Calgary which only had two. 

According to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), between March 21 to May 24 Canada saw 301,781 international travellers arrive in Canada by flight. 

“During the week of May 18 to May 24, 2020, volumes were down 90% for those crossing via land, and 98% at airports compared to the same time a year ago. On May 24, 2020 alone, travellers on US flights were down 99% and international air travellers were down more than 97% compared to the previous year. These numbers are consistent with the previous week.,” wrote the CBSA.

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