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Air Canada cuts 1,500 jobs, suspends 17 more international routes

Air Canada cuts 1,500 jobs, suspends 17 more international routes
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Air Canada is cutting 1,500 jobs as it reduces its network even more due to Canada’s new travel restrictions.

An undetermined number of employees from Air Canada’s management team will also be let go, the airline confirmed with PAX on Tuesday (Feb. 9).

The news comes after Canada’s flagship carrier announced that it would be pausing its Rouge operations following the airline's agreement with the Government of Canada to suspend flights to Mexico and the Caribbean until April 30.

READ MORE: Air Canada pauses Rouge operations, cuts 80 employees

Air Canada will be suspending service on 17 more routes starting next week until at least April 30, including:

  • Toronto to Fort Myers, Florida (Feb. 14 - last operating date)
  • Toronto to Boston (Feb. 16)
  • Toronto to Washington, D.C. (Reagan) (Feb. 17)
  • Toronto to Denver (Feb. 17)
  • Toronto to New York City (Laguardia)(Feb. 17)
  • Montreal to Boston (Feb. 17)
  • Montreal to LaGuardia (Feb. 17)
  • Vancouver to Seattle (Feb. 16)
  • Toronto to Bogotá, Colombia (Feb. 16)
  • Toronto to Dubai (start-up postponed)
  • Toronto to São Paulo, Brazil (Feb. 16)
  • Toronto to Hong Kong (start-up postponed)
  • Toronto to Tel Aviv, Israel (continued suspension)
  • Montreal to Bogotá, Colombia (Feb. 13)
  • Vancouver to London, UK (Feb. 14)
  • Vancouver to Tokyo (Narita) (Feb. 15)
  • Toronto to Dublin, Ireland (Feb. 12)

“We are further reducing our transborder and international commercial schedule as a result of COVID-19,” Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick told PAX in a statement.  

Air Canada will contact customers whose bookings are affected to provide them with various options, including alternative routes, Fitzpatrick said.

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