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.
As the coronavirus crisis continues to ravage the airline industry, WestJet has released new details about its domestic flight schedule, announcing it will remove some 4,000 weekly flights, or 600 daily flights, from May 5 through June 4.
Air Canada says it will gradually suspend the majority of its international and U.S. transborder flights by March 31, 2020 in response to decisions by national governments, including Canada and the U.S., to close borders and restrict commercial aviation as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Air Canada is waiving change fees for all destinations, across the board, for tickets purchased March 4 - 31, 2020, in an effort to reassure travellers unsure about booking flights amid the coronavirus outbreak.