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It’s the least of their concerns: Competition Bureau report on Air Canada, Transat deal

The proposed merger of Air Canada and Transat has been called into question by the Competition Bureau, which in a newly released report has concluded that the deal would likely result in “increased prices, less choice, decreases in service and a significant reduction in travel by Canadians.”
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Ensemble Travel Group layoffs impact employees in Canada and the U.S.

Ensemble Travel Group is in the process of temporarily reducing its workforce by approximately 50%, with cuts impacting employees in both Canada and the U.S.
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A message from Transat’s President and CEO

Transat has temporarily shuttered its travel agencies due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to operate repatriation flights until April 1 to bring stranded Canadians home.
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SUPPLIER COVID-19 UPDATES: Airlines, cruise lines, hotels and tour ops

Travel advisories from governments in Canada, the U.S. and countries around the world warning against non-essential travel amid the coronavirus pandemic set off a domino effect of operations suspensions for seemingly every supplier in the travel industry.
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U.S. could get stake in airlines in exchange for virus grants

The Trump administration is raising the possibility of the government getting ownership stakes in U.S. airlines in exchange for $25 billion in direct grants to help the carriers survive a downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Air Canada donates food to Canadians in need

Air Canada is donating fresh food originally intended for in-flight meals to Canadians in need.
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UNWTO predicts international tourism could fall by up to 30%

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) says international tourism could plummet 20-30% in 2020.
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Ethiopian Airlines cancels select flights to and from Toronto

Ethiopian Airlines Canada has announced the suspension of service to and from Toronto through the end of April.
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Stuck at home? Take a virtual trip to Puerto Rico this weekend

The COVID-19 pandemic is making it impossible to travel right now, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t see the sights from the comfort of your couch.
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Retailer speaks out as agents caught in middle of refunds vs. vouchers disputes

Travellers who are out-of-pocket for airfares on cancelled flights amid the coronavirus pandemic want refunds. Airlines, forced to slash capacity and in many cases suspend all operations for a global health emergency that is beyond their control, and taking every step to conserve cash, are offering future travel credits and vouchers. 
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