As Christmas inches closer, those who have applied to the CAF Christmas flights program may be wondering if the flights are still going as planned. But fear not, the Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters has confirmed Christmas plans are still on course.
With the Government’s announcement last month about the plan to bring in Syrian refugees into the country, it is clear that the CAF will play a large part in that resettlement. Many refugees will be flown in on military planes. However, as of yet, these plans have no impact on the Christmas flights program.
Of course, the Christmas flights program always comes with a disclaimer that “this program is not an entitlement, and that flights may be cancelled at short notice for operational reasons.”
When contacted for a comment, CJOC stated they do not release statements when no changes have been made.
Flights are scheduled to run from as early as Dec 18 up until January 8 and go from coast-to-coast stopping in Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax and Quebec. The program uses a mix of commercial and military airports to stop in as many cities as possible.
The Christmas flight program has been around for decades to help reunite families during the holiday season.