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Air Canada halts YYZ-HKG, waives fees for northern Italy & Incheon

MONTREAL — Air Canada has made the move to temporarily suspend its daily nonstop Toronto-Hong Kong flights due to low demand amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In related news, Air Canada is also waiving change fees for Italy-bound passengers, as well as passengers heading to South Korea. Passengers on impacted China flights can also rebook at no extra cost.

Air Canada says it has cancelled flights on the YYZ-HKG route until April 30. However the daily nonstop Vancouver-Hong Kong flights will still operate, and Air Canada says passengers booked on the Toronto flights can still get to Hong Kong via the Vancouver departures.

Typically Air Canada operates 14 weekly flights to Hong Kong, with seven each from Toronto and Vancouver.

On Jan. 29 Air Canada announced a month-long suspension of its flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The carrier has extended that temporary suspension until at least April 10.

For clients originally scheduled to fly to Italy who are looking to cancel or rebook their flights, the list of airports includes Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), Milan (MXP, LIN, BGY), Torino Airport (TRN), Valerio Catullo Airport (VRN), Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), Trieste Airport (TRS) and Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA).

Tickets must have been issued no later than Feb. 24 with original travel dates up to March 2 inclusive. Passengers can rebook free of charge when travelling by March 31.

To Incheon in South Korea (ICN), tickets must have been issued no later than Feb. 24 with original travel dates up to March 11 inclusive. Passengers can rebook free of charge when travelling by June 15.