In­ter­na­tional, trans­bor­der ights sus­pended.


Some ma­jor air­lines are sus­pend­ing in­ter­na­tional and trans­bor­der com­mer­cial flights af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau told Cana­di­ans to re­turn home amid the un­fold­ing COVID-19 sit­u­a­tion.

Start­ing March 23, West­jet an­nounced in a news re­lease, it will be sus­pend­ing sched­uled com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions for all in­ter­na­tional and trans­bor­der flights for 30 days.

“To be clear, this means our fi­nal com­mer­cially sched­ules flights from in­ter­na­tional and trans­bor­der des­ti­na­tions will launch on Sun­day night by lo­cal time; af­ter that, we will be op­er­at­ing res­cue and repa­tri­a­tion flights in part­ner­ship with the Cana­dian govern­ment,” Ed Sims, pres­i­dent and CEO of West­jet, said in a state­ment posted to its web­site.

In­ter­na­tional and trans­bor­der tick­ets will not be for sale dur­ing the 30-day pe­riod.

Start­ing Wed­nes­day, West­Jet will sus­pend all out­bound in­ter­na­tional ticket sales for travel un­til March 23 “so we are no longer send­ing Cana­di­ans out of the country and can in­stead fo­cus on bring­ing them home.

“To as­sist Cana­di­ans in re­turn­ing home on short no­tice, we are in the process of low­er­ing prices on our re­main­ing seats into Canada in all cab­ins,” Sims said.

The air­line’s do­mes­tic sched­ule will also be re­duced by 50 per cent for the next 30 days.

Air Canada is also sus­pend­ing sev­eral out­bound in­ter­na­tional flights.

Sea­sonal routes such as Toronto to Barcelona and Toronto to Bu­dapest have been de­layed to the be­gin­ning of April or May, while new route launches have been post­poned to June. Some flights have been tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended for a pe­riod of time, rang­ing from a week to a cou­ple of months.

All Air Canada flights to China have been sus­pended un­til April 30.

“Air Canada will con­tinue to mon­i­tor this evolv­ing sit­u­a­tion closely in con­sul­ta­tion with the Pub­lic Health Agency of Canada, Trans­port Canada and Global Af­fairs and will ad­just its sched­ule as ap­pro­pri­ate,” the air­line posted on its web­site with a list of af­fected routes.

Porter Air­lines is waiv­ing all change and can­cel­la­tion fees for do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional bookings “to give all trav­ellers peace of mind.”

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