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Air Transat aircraft sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Canada’s largest airlines are renewing their call for a clear plan from Ottawa on resuming international travel after the European Union moved to reopen for vaccinated tourists.

EU ambassadors today agreed to a plan that would allow fully vaccinated travellers to visit the 27-nation bloc, as well as relax restrictions for all travels from some other countries that are deemed COVID-19-safe.

Mike McNaney of the National Airlines Council of Canada lauded the EU for its “science-based approach” and says the federal government should outline a similar plan.

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He says Canada should say when it will remove or adjust travel restrictions for those who are vaccinated against COVID-19, as a number of other countries have done recently.

The council represents large national and international passenger air carriers including Air Canada , Air Transat , Jazz Aviation LP and WestJet.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said earlier this month that G7 countries have agreed that resuming international travel after the pandemic will require a co-ordinated approach to COVID-19 testing and recognizing whether passengers have been vaccinated.

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