Air Canada just canceled all flights to Italy
Air Canada is officially cancelling all flights between Canada and Italy as of Wednesday, March 11.
The route will be suspended until May 1.
Speaking to CTV News, Manager of Corporate Communications Peter Fitzpatrick said, "We continue to monitor this situation and evaluate conditions prior to resuming service."
The news comes as Italy reported 10,149 cases of coronavirus and 631 deaths as of March 10. The entire country is currently on lockdown as government officials scramble to prevent further spread of the virus.
Canada is already advising against all non-essential travel to Italy, as well as to China and Iran.
#Italy: New movement restrictions and health screenings are in place in certain areas of the country until April 3. Some airlines have suspended or reduced flights to and from parts of the country. More details: https://t.co/r1sPCItFDK pic.twitter.com/3kVq9V784L— Travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) March 9, 2020
Air Canada's announcement follows an uproar of complaints from Canadian passengers demanding that all travel to coronavirus hotspots like Italy be temporarily suspended.
Unfortunately, the airline's sudden announcement also means that many Canadians are now trapped in the country.
How about flights LEAVING Rome in the next few days? Can you update people on those? I am seeing a lot of replies to people with questions about future flights to Italy but crickets on people trying to get out now.— Penny Elton (@pithypenny) March 10, 2020
Air Canada's goodwill policy has been updated so that passengers travelling to Italy have the option of cancelling their flight for a full refund.
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