Most domestic airline flights in Canada carrying COVID-19 over the past two weeks originated in Toronto.
Data provided by Health Canada shows 20 of the 36 domestic flights carrying reported COVID-19 cases originated at Pearson International Airport, while only seven flights with at least one infected passenger landed in the city during the same time period.
The Vancouver-bound planes made up almost all of the infected flights landing in that city, along with a single Montreal-originating flight landing at Vancouver International Airport on Sept. 21.
Fourteen of the 20 Pearson flights carrying COVID-infected passengers were operated by Air Canada, while the remainder were WestJet.
Toronto saw the most incoming international flights carrying infected passengers, with 10 touching down at Pearson since Sept. 21.
Three of the flights were from the United States (Houston, Los Angeles and Reagan National in Washington,) while the rest were from Paris, New Delhi, Jamaica, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Dubai and Addis Ababa.
While Emirates flight EK241 from Dubai to Toronto normally uses an Airbus A380 — the world’s largest airliner capable of carrying up to 615 passengers — flight data shows the UAE-based airline using a Boeing 777 since Sept. 19, with a model-dependant capacity between 302 and 442 passengers.
Only four COVID-19 infected flights departed Pearson since Sept. 21 — Cathay Pacific 829 to Hong Kong, Air Canada 846 to Munich, Air Canada 80 to Tel Aviv, and an Air Canada/Air India codeshare destined for London Heathrow.