As the pandemic stretches on and some provinces implement curfews and stay-at-home orders, Canadian airlines continue to see a drastic drop in revenue.
Thousands of workers have been laid off or furloughed, and Air Canada is cutting flights to destinations both at home and abroad, at least temporarily.
Effective Jan 23, Air Canada will suspend all flights from Toronto to Argyle, St Vincent and the Grenadines until further notice.
In a memo, Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline outlined the details of the 25% capacity reduction they mentioned in a Wednesday statement. The list contains 44 temporarily suspended flights, including 12 domestic, 10 trans-border (USA) and a full 22 international routes.
Popular flights that are being temporarily discontinued include Toronto-Quebec City, Montreal-Orlando, Toronto-Tampa, Vancouver-Puerto Vallarta, Montreal-Barbados, Calgary-Maui, Toronto-Paris and Toronto-Saint Lucia.
It’s a blow to Air Canada workers and to Canadians, as well as tourism workers in the Caribbean and around the world. It’s also a difficult pill to swallow for beleaguered travel agents, who now have a lot fewer destinations they can sell. But airline officials say they’ve been left with no choice.