COVID-19 forces Air Canada to cut 30 domestic routes

Andrew Cummings
July 2, 2020

Air Canada announced Tuesday that it is suspending indefinitely service on 30 domestic routes and closing eight stations at regional airports because of the collapse in demand for air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

None of the station closures involve outlets in this province.

Air Canada previously announced the permanent removal of 79 aircraft from its mainline and Rouge fleets, reduced its system-wide capacity by 85 per cent in the second quarter compared to previous year, and laid off more than half its staff through layoffs, severances, early retirements and special leaves.

The airline also said travel restrictions and border closures imposed by governments have decreased its prospects for recovery.

Air Canada says affected customers will be contacted by Air Canada and offered options, including alternate routings where available.

Air Canada reported a net loss of $1.05 billion in this year's first quarter of 2020, including a net cash-burn in March of $688 million.

The airline has removed 79 planes from its mainline and Rouge fleets, chopping flight capacity by more than 85 per cent year over year, with only marginal improvement expected in the critical summer travel season of July through September.

Next week the airport moves to three Air Canada flights daily to Toronto, he said.

More information about these service changes can be found on the Air Canada website.

Chorus said in its release that Jazz's compensation does not vary with flight activity and remains unchanged with Tuesday's announcement. These are important steps we need to take during this pandemic.

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