Air Canada just canceled flights to China over coronavirus fears
Air Canada has just revealed that it will be cancelling select flights to China amid the breakout of coronavirus.
Air Canada currently operates 33 flights to China per week, so the resulting deduction in passengers is relatively small.
Customers flying to Beijing, Pudong, or Wuhan can cancel their flight for a full refund, or change their flight plan free of charge “subject to availability in the cabin” — notably, Air Canada has still not given the option for a full refund on their website.
Still, many Canadians feel that Air Canada isn't doing enough.
Some people are calling for Air Canada to suspend flights to China altogether, like U.K. airline British Airways.
@AirCanada— Bertrand (@bertrandquebec) January 29, 2020
Like British Airways, American Airways and many other, cancel your flights to China in order to stop the spread of this new deadly virus!
British Airways suspends direct flights to China on virus fears /via @globeandmail https://t.co/T4veM9NUrS
And others have even tweeted directly at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Will @AirCanada and @WestJet please do the same. Canadians don't need to die over profit. @JustinTrudeau— JJ (@Moneray85) January 29, 2020
It seems that Air Canada decreased their flights primarily due to economic reasons.
Official @AirCanada statement on their cancelling of some flights to China:— Julia Belluz (@juliaoftoronto) January 29, 2020
"We are cancelling select flights to China to better match capacity w/ expected demand. [AC] currently operates 33 flights a week to China & the resulting capacity reduction is relatively small."
A fact that didn't sit well with some Canadians.
@AirCanada why have the US and British airlines cancelled flights to China but not AC? You’ve reduced flights but only due to reduced demand....— verry vera (@veerthisway) January 29, 2020
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China has now reached almost 6,000 cases.
There are three cases of coronavirus in Canada as of yesterday afternoon.
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