While the country’s carriers had to end all of their connections with Mexico and the Caribbean on Sunday, those in the United States continue to offer Quebecers daily departures to these same destinations with complete impunity.
A situation that comes as a surprise to the thousands of travelers who saw their vacation plans canceled by the Trudeau government last week. And which is not without enraging the airlines of here and their employees, helpless witnesses of a competition which they consider unfair.
“How do you want us not to be frustrated with such an aberration?” reacted yesterday the CEO of the Air Carriers Association of Canada, John McKenna. To see that the government has been unable to find a way to prevent American competition from doing here what it otherwise prohibits Canadian carriers from doing is incredible. “
It only took a few minutes to Newspaper to find several flights departing from Montreal-Trudeau airport this week for destinations that Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet and Air Canada have resigned themselves to no longer offering.
Cancún, Punta Cana, etc.
For example, Delta Airlines is offering, this Thursday, departures to Cancun, Mexico, via Atlanta, at $ 377, all taxes included.
United Airlines, for its part, is selling departures to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, this Friday, with a stopover in Philadelphia, for a modest sum of $ 279. That same day, American Airlines has a departure for Jamaica at $ 369.
Omar Alghabra Federal Minister of Transport
Federal Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra was unable to answer our questions. Its director of communications, Amy Butcher, assured us that the government was aware of the problem. However, the tools at its disposal to put an end to it would be limited. Unlike Canada, the Trump administration has closed land borders to Canadians, while keeping them open for those arriving by air.
However, since Canadians traveling by air are welcome in the United States, nothing prevents them today from going there and then flying to a third country.
The end of the stopovers?
The Minister of Public Safety, Bill Blair, is said to be in talks with Washington to prevent Canadians without valid reason from any transit through the United States to Mexico or the Caribbean.
In the meantime, Ottawa continues to advise them not to travel. And to those who choose to leave despite everything, Ms. Butcher reminds that they will have to undergo a test on their return, possibly doubled by a three-day stay at their expense ($ 2,000) in a designated hotel.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7116