Air Canada will be suspending over 150 routes by the end of March
Air Canada will introduce over 150 domestic and international route suspensions by March 31 in response to the government's decisions over the growing COVID-19 outbreak.
The news comes after Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would close its borders to almost all international travelers, which went into effect on Wednesday.
These are unprecedented times. As we band together by distancing ourselves for the greater good, safety remains our top priority. Please be assured we are working around the clock to serve our customers and help Canadians get home. Stay safe. And stay kind. #FlytheFlag 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/gqcYKHFLIP— Air Canada (@AirCanada) March 19, 2020
Until April 30, Canada's largest airline will reduce its services from 101 international airports to only six: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Delhi, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Similarly, Air Canada will reduce flights out of the U.S. following the Canada-U.S. border closure; the airline will stop flights from 40 airports south of the border, operating from only 13 major hubs including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.
Air Canada warned that these airports are "subject to further reductions based on demand or government edicts."
From April 1, Air Canada will reduce its U.S. transborder network from 53 airports to 13. Remaining cities: New York (LGA and EWR), Boston, D.C. (IAD and DCA), Chicago, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. https://t.co/DyJX2oeMvz— Sylvain Larocque (@LarocqueSyl) March 18, 2020
Air Canada has also cut over 20 domestic flights amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Suspended routes include Ottawa-Quebec City, Calgary-Victoria, Toronto-Victoria and Edmonton-Winnipeg.
UPDATE: Here is Air Canada's online list of all the domestic flights that are being 'temporarily suspended,' some from March 23 to April 30 and others from April 1 to April 30. pic.twitter.com/KYQQ9oCKJf— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) March 19, 2020
President and Chief Executive Calin Rovinescu said, "The restrictions on travel imposed by governments worldwide, while understandable, are nonetheless having a cataclysmic effect upon the global airline industry."
"We are exploring with the Government of Canada possibilities to maintain essential operations to enable as many Canadians as possible to return to Canada."
Air Canada will also close a number of lounges, suspend food services in economy and premium seating and replace bar service offerings with single-use water bottles in the coming days.
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