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Some change bookings to Mexico

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TORONTO—Some Canadians seeking fun in the sun have changed their travel plans since the deadly swine ’flu outbreak surfaced in Mexico.

Brad Miron, vice-president of international sales and marketing of itravel2000.com, said his company saw a downturn in bookings to Mexico when the news broke last week.

“We’ve had some people request they change destinations,” Miron said from Acapulco.

Air Canada announced yesterday it was waiving “change” fees for customers who had reservations for travel to and from Mexico City, up to April 30.

WestJet also indicated it was waiving change fees for all its flights to Mexico this month.

Several U.S. airlines also will waive penalties for travellers who want to change bookings to Mexico City because of the ’flu outbreak.

A spokesman for The Greater Toronto Airports Authority said it wasn’t screening passengers returning from vacations or business in Mexico at Pearson Airport.

But GTAA spokeswoman Trish Krale added emergency workers were taking extra precautions by wearing masks and gloves when responding to any ill passenger who had been in Mexico in the past couple of weeks.

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