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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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Air Canada to suspend almost all int’l & U.S. flights by March 31

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.
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Federal government follows through with travel advisory for Canadians

The federal government has followed through with an advisory for Canadians against all non-essential travel amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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Air Canada temporarily suspends all flights to Italy

Air Canada is temporarily suspending all flights to Italy amid a sharp drop in demand as Italy goes on lockdown in an effort to contain the coronavirus.
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CLIA fires back at possibility that Trump administration could restrict cruising

CLIA has issued a statement responding to what it calls speculation that the U.S. government could take action to restrict the cruise industry amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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Air Canada announces one-time change fee waiver for all tickets purchased March 4 – 31

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.
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Cayo Largo airport temporarily shuts down, Transat & Sunwing work to bring clients home

TORONTO — The Canadian embassy in Cuba has confirmed the unexpected temporary closure of Cayo Largo del Sur airport.
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Air Italy, with YYZ-MXP flights set to start March 29, ceases operations

Air Italy, which launched flights from Toronto to Milan in 2019 and was set to bring back the YYZ-MXP service starting March 29, 2020, has announced it is ceasing operations.
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Tsunami warning issued following earthquake off Cuba, Jamaica

The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica earlier today, triggering a tsunami warning.
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DeMarinis named interim CEO of Merit Travel; Sproul “no longer with the company”

Frank DeMarinis has been named interim CEO of Merit Travel Inc. following the departure of Phil Sproul.
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It’s the least of their concerns: Competition Bureau report on Air Canada, Transat deal
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The proposed merger of Air Canada and Transat has been called into question by the Competition Bureau, which in a newly...
Credit card chargebacks a “critical concern” for travel agencies: ACTA
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TORONTO — ACTA’s latest update on its lobbying efforts includes citations from the CTA and TICO supporting the use...
Ensemble Travel Group layoffs impact employees in Canada and the U.S.
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Ensemble Travel Group is in the process of temporarily reducing its workforce by approximately 50%, with cuts impacting...
A message from Transat’s President and CEO
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Transat has temporarily shuttered its travel agencies due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to...
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