As we continue to face the COVID-19 global pandemic, first and foremost, I want to extend my sincere thanks to each member of our Skyxe team, to our partners, our contractors, and all of the front line personnel for the work they are doing to maintain a safe operation at the airport. Their diligence in making good decisions with respect to their own health and wellness, as well as considering the health and wellness of their coworkers and the general public has been outstanding.
The impact to Skyxe by the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic has been devastating. Over the past few months our passenger numbers have dropped by 98 per cent, and we expect it will take several years for our industry to recover. However, we are committed to our community now and always. We continue to provide essential services in keeping our airport and runways open to ensure that emergency medical services such as STARS and Air Ambulance can operate. We ensure that our partners have access to bring goods, services, and supplies in and out of the community. And we will continue to support the economic recovery of our community.
As masks or face coverings are mandatory during portions of your journey, we are encouraging all travellers to make or purchase a mask or face covering and bring it with them to the airport. Masks may be available for purchase at Skyxe; however, supplies may be limited.
Passengers are advised to check-in for their flight before coming to the airport to limit the number of contact points in the Terminal. Please arrive 90 minutes prior to boarding a domestic flight.
While our ValetXE and jetSet parking options remain closed, our ExpressXE short-term parking and StandardXE long-term parking options located directly in front of the terminal are available. Learn more here.
When you arrive at Skyxe, you may notice some changes in the Terminal. We have implemented several safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Enhanced cleaning and sanitization of high-touch areas, such as electronic check-in kiosks, baggage carts, railings and seating areas as well as in the washrooms
- Disinfecting wipe stations throughout the Terminal for wiping baggage cart handles
- Installed plexi-glass barriers at all airline check-in counters, boarding gates, and information desks
- Installed new physical distancing floor decals to remind passengers to keep 2 metres away from others
- Adjusted traffic flowing in and out of the Terminal to ensure one-way traffic areas
- Installed hand sanitizer stations at each entrance of the building and added stations throughout the terminal
As Canada begins implementing plans to reopen the economy, Canada’s tourism and travel sector is working to develop a coordinated restart plan. This process will involve working closely with Transport Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada to establish clear and consistent health standards and protocols. We recognize that a balanced and coordinated approach is necessary to protect the public as we battle COVID-19.
The Government of Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada have implemented new requirements for air travellers to limit the spread of COVID-19:
- All passengers must have a removable non-medical mask or face covering large enough to cover their mouth and nose during portions of their travel through Canadian airports and in-flight. More information about the regulation is available on the Transport Canada website here.
- All passengers are subject to a health check before they board an aircraft and anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to travel. Health checks may be administered by an airline employee at the check-in counter or the boarding gates.
- Passengers travelling by plane to, from or within Canada will have to undergo temperature checks in pre-board screening that will be administered by the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority (CATSA), with implementation prior to September 2020.
- Any passenger presenting symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied boarding for 14 days or until a medical certificate is presented that confirms symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19. Please contact the Public Health Agency of Canada for further information.
- Airlines have adapted their operations to respond to COVID-19 by implementing additional measures on aircraft. Contact your airline directly for more information.
Stay healthy, stay appropriately distanced but well connected, and stay strong.
President & CEO
Skyxe Saskatoon Airport