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Here’s a list of all the Air Canada routes that have been suspended


Here’s a list of all the Air Canada routes that have been suspended
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As reported earlier this week, Air Canada will be adjusting its network under its COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery Plan by further reducing first quarter system capacity by an additional 25 per cent.

The news, announced on Jan. 13, leads to a suspension of key routes in Atlantic Canada, including service in Gander, N.L., Goose Bay, N.L., and Fredericton, N.B.

But the cutbacks, which includes a workforce reduction of approximately 1,700 employees, extends to other domestic and international routes also. 

READ MORE: Air Canada suspends more routes in Atlantic provinces, slashes workforce by 1,700

In a statement, Lucie Guillemette, executive VP and CCO at Air Canada, said the airline has seen an "immediate impact to our close-in bookings" and, as such, has had to adjust its schedule and rationalize transborder, Caribbean and domestic routes to "better reflect expected demand and to reduce cash burn." 

Station closures, route suspensions

What routes, exactly, are impacted by the changes? Effective Jan. 23, the following stations will be closed and routes will be suspended until further notice. 

Additional airport stations closed: 

Fredericton NB, Gander NL, Goose Bay NL, Yellowknife NWT, Kamloops BC, Prince Rupert BC

Additional domestic routes suspended: 

Fredericton–Montreal

Gander–Halifax

Goose Bay–Halifax

Kamloops-Vancouver

Ottawa-Calgary

Ottawa-Vancouver

Prince Rupert-Vancouver

Quebec City-Toronto

St. John’s-Toronto

Victoria-Calgary

Winnipeg-Calgary

Yellowknife-Edmonton

Transborder routes suspended:

Calgary to: Maui

Montreal to: Denver, Houston, Orlando

Toronto to: Houston, Orlando, Tampa, Washington (Dulles)

Vancouver to: Honolulu (until April), Maui (until mid-February)

International flights suspended:

Montreal to: Barbados, Casablanca, Cozumel, Samana, San Jose (Costa Rica), Santa Clara, Turks & Caicos, Nassau, Sao Paulo, Puerto Vallarta

Toronto to: Cozumel, Curacao, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Paris, Saint Lucia, Santa Clara, St. Vincent, Zurich

Vancouver to: Los Cabos, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta

Ongoing challenges

In addition to drops in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic, government-imposed travel restrictions and quarantine measures are also contributing factors to the reductions, said Air Canada. 

Capacity in the first quarter of 2021 will be about 20 per cent of what Air Canada operated in the first quarter of 2019, the airline said. 

Air Canada said it will continue to adjust its network as required in response to the trajectory of the pandemic. 

Capacity in the first quarter of 2021 will be about 20 per cent of what Air Canada operated in the first quarter of 2019.

Affected customers on all routes will be contacted by Air Canada and offered options, including refunds for eligible customers and alternative routings where available.

Ms. Guillemette admitted that “this is not the news we were hoping to announce this early into the year,” but said Air Canada is still encouraged by the already-approved two COVID-19 vaccines in Canada and the government’s plan to vaccinate a bulk of eligible Canadians by September

“We look forward to seeing our business start to return to normal and to bringing back some of our more than 20,000 employees currently on furlough and layoff,” said Guillemette.

Airlines have been cutting services for several months now as demand for travel drops amid the coronavirus crisis. 

Trudeau's Liberal government delivered its fall fiscal update on Nov. 30, announcing a new aid package for Canada’s struggling travel and tourism tourism sector, but did not reveal any sector-specific support for aviation. 

The federal government is still preparing a bailout package for airlines, according to reports.


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