Video: First Commercial Airline Flight Arrives

July 2, 2020 | 8 Comments

[Updated with video] After a suspension of commercial flights for more than three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the island is set to welcome an Air Canada flight today [July 2], with a number of safety protocols in place, including testing passengers for Covid-19.

While cargo, charter and private planes have been arriving, the airport has been closed to regularly scheduled commercial airlines since March of this year. It has now re-opened, and the island can expect daily Delta flights effective July 6, once a week Air Canada flights from July 2, and twice a week flights from British Airways effective July 17.

The Government previously stated that all of the airlines serving our country before Covid-19 say they are ready to return to Bermuda once the crisis passes, however “the mix of gateway cities, the time of year, and the frequency of flights may not be what we have become used to in years past at least not initially” and “we should anticipate a gradual resumption of the regularly scheduled air services. ”

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In advance of the airport re-opening to regularly scheduled commercial flights, the Bermuda Government released a document highlighting protocols for travellers.

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Update: Health Minister Kim Wilson said, “Our first commercial flight arrived with zero positive cases identified. I’m certain this was helped by the pre-departure testing that visitors are required to undertake. Of the 115 passengers on yesterday’s flight, 88 had pre-departure tests. The arrival test provides a further screening to ensure that we identify any new cases early and isolate them immediately.”

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  1. Alicia says:

    so does this mean that we’ll start to get mail in and having mail sent out now?

  2. Not so Safe says:

    Can you even get travel/health insurance at this time, as Covid is a world wide known pandemic and basically people travelling are aware of the risk ?

  3. chinavirus says:

    In other words, don’t come here. Conditions are not worth the hassle right now.

  4. Curious Traveller says:

    Delta from Atlanta. Isn’t Georgia one of the new hot spots for the virus?

  5. Kenny says:

    Yeah that’s a good question isn’t it! Have e several packages being held up including a free sample of a product which has no value and mailboxes & customs aren’t understanding ‘no value’… and it’s no where near 1lb, but I’m gonna have to pay $20minimal to get it

    I Love St George’s post office, even though they have some miserable staff who provide the WORST customer service and never want to help you make things easier

    • Mary says:

      I am sorry to say as much as I love Saint George, you are right about the customer , at the post office. As a tourist I have sometimes felt like I was being treated as a outcast by one of the staff….

  6. Robert says:

    The flight is 3 hours delay and people are sitting on the plan and they are not saying anything to anyone like they don’t care people had connecting flight,the plan just sitting there, Desilva this is not fear the Government screw this up big time

  7. Cynthia says:

    So visitors have to come with a negative test result, And get tested again on arrival at the airport? Are the required tests on days 3, 7, and 14 free? If not will they also cost $75.00 a wack that’s being charged for the test on entry?

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