Minister Garneau clears Santa for Christmas Eve flight in Canadian airspace

Transport Canada is pleased to announce that Minister Marc Garneau has cleared Santa Claus for take-off for this year’s round-the-world flight to deliver presents to millions of good boys and girls everywhere.

Santa poses with boy.
Santa is preparing for his annual mission of delivering presents to millions of good boys and girls everywhere. Stephanie Lake Photography Photo

Garneau also confirmed that this year’s delivery mission will include a special co-pilot – Mrs. Claus!

Mrs. Claus has always had a passion for flying and has been taking intensive pilot training. She just recently obtained her commercial pilot’s licence so she can now accompany Santa as co-pilot for this year’s flight.

While reviewing this year’s pre-flight checklist with Mrs. Claus, Minister Garneau stressed how important it is for her, Santa and the reindeer to get adequate rest and to avoid consuming alcohol or drugs to ensure that everyone is #FitToFly on this very important mission.


Earlier this month, Transport Canada inspectors travelled to the North Pole to inspect Santa’s sleigh and its safety systems. The inspectors checked the landing gear and the reindeer harnesses, as well as the communications and navigation systems. Rudolph’s nose was tested to make sure that it is operating at maximum brightness. In addition, Santa’s gift bag full of presents was checked using the latest screening technology to ensure it is secure and ready for delivery.

While at the North Pole, the inspectors also had the opportunity to visit Santa’s recently completed drone testing facility where they observed the elves piloting gift delivery drones, a new technology that Santa is exploring for future Christmas deliveries.

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