The new cuts announced Wednesday at Air Canada will also affect the region, while the Quebec-Toronto route will be temporarily suspended as of January 23.
Unsurprisingly, the duration of this “suspension” remains indefinite.
Struck by the pandemic, the Jean-Lesage International Airport of Quebec (YQB) is still trying to obtain financial assistance to support its recovery plan.
On Wednesday, Air Canada decided to adjust to the new testing requirements for COVID-19 imposed by Ottawa by further reducing its activities.
As of January 7, air passengers to Canada must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 screening result to board their flight.
The carrier announced a further reduction in network capacity of 25% for the first quarter. These changes will result in a workforce reduction, which will affect approximately 1,700 employees, not to mention more than 200 employees of Air Canada Express carriers who are also affected.
Here is the list of domestic routes temporarily suspended from January 23:
- Quebec (YQB) -Toronto
- Fredericton – Montreal
- Gander – Halifax
- Goose Bay – Halifax
- Prince Rupert-Vancouver
- St. John’s-Toronto
In Ottawa, the Trudeau government appointed in the last hours a new Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra.
Presenting a negative COVID-19 test for all travelers wishing to enter the country would already have an impact.
Lucie Guillemette, General Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer of Air Canada, speaks in particular of “immediate repercussions on short-term bookings”.
At Air Canada, more than 20,000 employees are currently on layoff or on technical layoff.