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More than 1,500 people travelled from YVR to Hawaii over holidays

Last Updated Jan 6, 2021 at 12:53 pm PDT

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The Hawaii Department of Transportation says the 1,575 passengers travelled from YVR to the state over the holidays

Digital dashboard shows 97 per cent of passengers flying from YVR to Hawaii between Dec. 18 and Jan. 3 were visitors

People continued to travel abroad over the holidays despite public health guidelines to avoid non-essential trips

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There were more than 1,500 passengers who travelled from Vancouver International Airport to Hawaii over the holiday period, the state has confirmed.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation says the 1,575 travellers arrived in the state between Dec. 18, 2020 and Jan. 3, 2021.

A digital dashboard shows that of these people, 1,512 were visitors, while 63 were residents.

The top reason for travel was listed as “Pleasure/Vacation,” with the state reporting 1,172 screened arrivals giving this as their purpose for travel. That was followed by visiting friends or family.

These figures come as more information is coming to light about Canadians travelling over the holidays, despite urgings for everyone to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Among these people were a number of politicians, some of whom also travelled to Hawaii for leisure in December.

Travellers from YVR arrived into the U.S. state mainly by flying on WestJet, followed by Air Canada, the Hawaii Department of Transportation says.

In addition to the travellers from Vancouver, the dashboard shows 2,534 passengers from Calgary International travelled to Hawaii during the same time period.

The federal government is advising Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel as the coronavirus continues to spread. A new requirement that will take effect on Thursday will mean anyone travelling to Canada will have to have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight.

International arrivals will also still be required to quarantine for 14 days.