Air Canada is suspending what’s left of its commercial flights to the United States for at least 30 days, starting Monday.
The decision follows an agreement struck last weekend between Ottawa and Washington to extend by an additional 30 days border restrictions agreed to in March.
That agreement restricted all non-essential travel between the two countries for 30 days while the border remained open for trade and commerce, with exemptions also granted for emergency response and public health purposes.
That initial March agreement was set to expire Tuesday.
Air Canada, which says it has reduced its schedule by more than 90 per cent since mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, had maintained service to 11 U.S. destinations “primarily to facilitate the repatriation of Canadians”
It plans to resume service May 22, unless government restrictions are extended again.
Last week, Air Canada announced it was suspending most of its international flights until June .
That announcement came as two other carriers, Air Transat and Sunwing Airlines Ltd., announced they were cancelling all trips until the the end of May.
WestJet also extended its suspension of all transborder and international flights.
It stopped flying those routes as of March 22 for 30 days. As of yesterday, it extended the service suspension until June 4.
WestJet also announced that it is cutting 600 flights per day from its domestic schedule between May 5 and June 4, including the temporary cancellation of routes between some Canadian cities.