Air Canada announced that, in mild of the present pandemic and more and more low demand for flights, the airline will likely be suspending some flights to solar locations from January 24 till April 30, 2022.
Flights to the next locations will likely be affected: Antigua, Aruba, Samaná, Curaçao, Exuma, Grenada, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Havana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The press launch notes that “To assist be sure that Canadians are usually not stranded overseas, Air Canada plans to function plenty of one-way business flights from affected locations to be able to return clients on the suspended locations to Canada.
Any travellers affected by the short-term suspension of the above listed locations will likely be issued a full refund. Our workforce will likely be contacting any impacted clients and processing refunds so as of departure date. Eligible clients will obtain an bill as affirmation of their refund as soon as it has been issued.
Please notice that present journey restrictions, together with offering proof of vaccination and of a detrimental COVID-19 take a look at outcome earlier than boarding a global flight sure for Canada, are nonetheless in impact. It’s your duty to make sure that you – and any youngster travelling with you – have all of the legitimate journey paperwork required for re-entry into Canada. Please go to the Authorities of Canada web site for extra particulars.”
Air Canada will not be the one Canadian airline discovering it tough to fill flights as a result of fast unfold of the Omicron variant and shrinking demand for journey. Only a few days in the past, WestJet cancelled 15% of its flights. WestJet introduced through Twitter that it might be cancelling flights due to the Covid-19 variant Omicron. The tweet said that: Now we have made the tough choice to consolidate roughly 15 p.c of scheduled flights by way of to Jan. 31, 2022, as a result of accelerating affect of Omicron.
In a follow-up press release, Harry Taylor, WestJet, Interim President & CEO said that “Over the previous 72 hours, we’ve seen a big enhance in delays and cancellations impacting our enterprise. As we work to stabilize our operation to greatest serve our company, we perceive this has been immensely difficult and irritating and for that we apologize.
We couldn’t have anticipated the fast and unpredictable affect of the Omicron variant on our folks and operations, coupled with extended frigid temperatures throughout Western Canada and world staffing shortages. Regardless of all contingency planning, along with hiring again 1000’s of WestJetters to soundly assist peak operations, we discover ourselves not capable of predictably useful resource our deliberate schedule resulting from Omicron affect and have made the tough choice to consolidate roughly 15 p.c of scheduled flights by way of to January 31, 2022.”
There have additionally been quite a few flight cancellations from different airways, together with Air Transat, which is alleged to be lowering flight capability by as a lot as 30% till the tip of February.
The discount in journey demand was undoubtedly affected by the Canadian authorities’s not too long ago reinstated journey advisory in opposition to all nonessential worldwide journey due to the fast unfold of the Omicron variant. The present advisory will final for no less than 4 weeks however may very well be prolonged.