Tuesday,  July 7, 2020  3:43 pm

Home for Christmas: Air Canada could be flying worldwide by December

Home for Christmas: Air Canada could be flying worldwide by December
Christine Hogg

Christine Hogg is the Associate Digital Editor at PAX Global Media. Prior to joining PAX, she obtained her Honours BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, she went on to write for several travel publications while travelling the world. Her longest trip was a three-week stint in Europe, and the shortest was a 16-hour adventure in Iceland. Get in touch: christine@paxglobalmedia.com.

As a result of COVID-19, air carriers have slashed capacity in order to assist the Canadian government in repatriating Canadians that are stranded in countries as a result of COVID-19 restricting border and airport access.

On Mar. 24th, Air Canada reached an agreement that would allow it to furlough up to 600 pilots, as demand for air travel reached an all-time low in March.

But now, reports say that Air Canada anticipates that it will resume flying worldwide just in time for the holidays.

According to The CBC, Air Canada's vice president of cargo, Tim Strauss suggests that the carrier will be flying to "most" places around the world, and is confident that domestic flights will also be in operation by then. As it stands, 90 per cent of Air Canada's fleet is at a standstill due tot he COVID-19 pandemic.

An extended border suspension between Canada and the U.S., effective Apr. 21, means that for the time being, Air Canada isn't flying to the United States until at least May 22nd, subject to any further government restrictions beyond that date.

As of Apr. 28th, this is the full list of routes Air Canada continues to serve, both internationally and domestically.

For the latest Air Canada updates related to COVID-19, click here.

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