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WestJet blasts “incoherent” govt. policy, forced to make drastic capacity cuts

WestJet has announced drastic cuts in capacity as well as furloughs, temporary layoffs, unpaid leaves and reduced hours for up to 1,000 employees across its network, as it grapples with overwhelmingly negative impact brought on by the federal government’s new PCR test rule now in effect.
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“We will ensure Canadians get their refunds”: Airline bailout in the works

After months of speculation, the Canadian government has finally announced “a package of assistance” for Canadian airlines, airports and the aerospace sector.
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Federal govt. extends 14-day quarantine, travel restrictions to Nov. 30

The 14-day mandatory quarantine is still with us for another month at least, as the federal government announced today that it will extend its Mandatory Isolation Order and temporary travel restrictions, to Nov. 30.
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Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu retiring in February 2021

Air Canada has announced that its President and CEO, Calin Rovinescu, will retire on February 15, 2021.
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WestJet is cutting 80% of its Atlantic Canada capacity; 6 gateways plus YQB

WestJet is indefinitely suspending operations to Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney and Charlottetown, and significantly reducing service to Halifax and St. John’s, amid the sharp downturn in travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Manulife’s new COVID-19 travel insurance launches next month

Canada’s largest travel insurance provider has announced that it will start offering coverage for COVID-19 next month, giving travellers across the country some much needed peace of mind.
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WestJet unveils free COVID-19 travel insurance for air and vacation reservations

WestJet has announced that it will be offering no-charge COVID-19 travel insurance coverage for eligible guests booking travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe, including the United Kingdom.
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CDC extends No Sail Order to Sept. 30; CLIA issues response

The CDC in the U.S. has extended its No Sail Order on cruise ships until the end of Sept. 30, 2020.
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Air France-KLM sees uptick in Canadian departures in past few weeks

Catherine Guillemart-Dias is taking over for Vincent Etchebehere as Vice-President and General Manager Canada for Air France KLM, effective Aug. 1. 
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Air Canada cutting 30 domestic routes ‘indefinitely’, closing operations at 8 airports

MONTREAL — Canada’s smaller cities and airports are bearing the brunt of COVID-19’s impact on Air Canada. The airlines has announced the indefinite suspension of service on 30 domestic regional routes as well as the discontinuation of service to eight Canadian airports as it streamlines its operations amid ongoing travel restrictions and advisories that have reduced airline networks to a fraction of their usual size.
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines reaches out to trade in wake of Air Canada cuts
St. Vincent and the Grenadines reaches out to trade in wake of Air Canada cuts
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority is advising agents that Air Canada has been forced to temporarily...
TDC welcomes new members to Quebec network
TDC welcomes new members to Quebec network
Transat Distribution Canada (TDC) closed 2020 on a high note by welcoming eight new affiliated agencies to its Quebec...
Saint Lucia to offer PCR and rapid tests at select resorts
Saint Lucia to offer PCR and rapid tests at select resorts
Saint Lucia is the latest destination to announce PCR testing for COVID-19 at select resorts, offering Canadians added...
B.C.’s travel industry rallies against possible travel ban
B.C.’s travel industry rallies against possible travel ban
B.C.’s travel and tourism industry is speaking out against a potential travel ban on inter-provincial, non-essential...
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