Attention passengers: Airline service to Mexico and Caribbean suspended as of Sunday

Measure is aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19

Travellers hoping to escape Canada’s wintry wrath are grounded if their destination was Mexico or the Caribbean.

Canada’s four major airlines suspended service to those sunny getaways as of Sunday to support a call by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.

The measure will be in place until Apr. 30.

Starting Monday, the province will require international travellers arriving at Pearson International Airport to have a COVID test. People who refuse will get a $750 ticket.

Ottawa has a number of measures coming into play in a bid to keep Canadians from travelling abroad during February and throughout the March Break.

Beginning Thursday, all international passenger flights must land at only four airports – in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

In a few weeks, all air travellers arriving in Canada will have to stay at a government-approved hotel for three nights and take a COVID-19 test – and travellers will be saddled with the cost.