Air Canada is extending its suspension of flights to Mexico and the Caribbean through May as the April 30 deadline for lifting the travel restriction approaches.
Canadian carriers, in cooperation with the Government of Canada, grounded flights to sun destinations in January as part of an attempt to control the spread of COVID-19 variants.
In a statement to PAX, company spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said that Air Canada will extend its suspension of sun flying throughout May while continuing to operate some flights to Mexico City, Barbados, and Kingston.
"...but these would not carry passengers south," Fitzpatrick said. "Instead, they will provide essential services, for example carrying cargo and in some cases on northbound flights, temporary foreign workers and Canadians currently abroad."
"We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our network as appropriate, as well as work with the government to develop a safe reopening plan and restore travel."
The update comes after WestJet, on Tuesday (April 13), announced that it will extend its suspension of international sun flights to destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean until June 4, 2021.
"We are extending our suspension with the clear expectation that as more Canadians are vaccinated, government policy will transition," said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO, in a press release. "We continue to advocate for the replacement of mandatory hotel quarantines with a testing regime that is equitable and consistent with global standards at all points of entry into our country."
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