Nanaimo Airport, airlines keeping travellers safe

3 July 2020

Keeping it safe to fly remains Nanaimo Airport’s top priority.

The airport has taken numerous additional precautions to reduce the COVID-19 risk for all airport users, from passengers to workers to family and friends picking up or dropping off loved ones. The airlines serving the central Island also have implemented strict measures to make flying as safe as possible.

Nanaimo Airport’s safety-first environment

“Please know that when our customers are ready to travel we will provide a safety-first environment,” says Nanaimo Airport Commission President and CEO Dave Devana.

The Commission’s already-high safety standards in the Air Terminal Building have been further enhanced. Protective measures include:

  • Additional disinfecting of common use surfaces including bathrooms, counters, vending machines, departure lounge seating, water filling stations and luggage carts.
  • Plexiglas shields at all counters and boarding gates
  • All employees wear masks in the terminal building
  • Encouraging limited terminal access by asking non-passengers to remain outside if possible. If passenger assistance is required, please send only one person into the terminal.
  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers

Get safety information and share your opinion

You can get more information on how Nanaimo Airport keeps its facilities safe and hygienic at

Central Islanders can also share their opinions on making air travel even safer. Nanaimo Airport has launched a brief online survey, titled “Attitudes about Air Travel,” at It takes only minutes to complete.

How airlines are protecting you

WestJet and Air Canada are doing everything they can to reduce the COVID-19 risk for travellers at Nanaimo Airport.

They’ve implemented strict plane cleaning regimens before and after each flight. Seating is limited to 60% of capacity to maintain appropriate distancing. All passengers take a temperature check and complete a Transport Canada health check questionnaire before boarding.

Air travelers are required to have a non-medicinal mask or face covering while in the airport and in-flight. Passengers will be asked whether they have a mask or face covering at check-in.

For more information, visit your airline’s website: