An Air Transat plane is seen as an Air Canada plane lands at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal on Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Ryan Remiorz/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Air Transat to resume operations on July 23

Canadian leisure travel company Transat A.T. Inc. says it plans to resume flights and tour operations on July 23 as countries around the world increasingly lift travel restrictions imposed to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After these long months that put the entire tourism industry to the test, we are very happy to announce today the resumption of our operations,” said in a statement Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer of Transat.

“We will gradually operate a flight schedule with 23 international routes to Europe, the South and the United States, in addition to a domestic flight schedule between major Canadian cities.”

From Montreal, Air Transat will gradually operate direct flights to Athens, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Lyon, Nantes, Marseille, Paris and Toulouse. From Toronto, Air Transat will offer direct flights to Athens, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Porto and Rome, the airline said.

For travellers who wish to fly south, Air Transat will offer direct flights to Cayo Coco (Cuba), Cancun (Mexico), Fort Lauderdale (Florida) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) from both Montreal and Toronto, in addition to one direct flight a week to Port-au-Prince (Haiti) from Montreal, the company said.

The airline will also offer domestic flights between Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

However, until the end of the summer season, the airline is suspending its flights to certain destinations in Europe (Amsterdam, Basel-Mulhouse, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Faro, Lamezia, Madrid, Malaga, Nice, Prague, Venice and Zagreb), the South (Cayo Largo, Holguin, Montego Bay, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Roatan, Santa Clara, Samana and Varadero) and the United States (New Orleans, Orlando and San Diego).

It is also suspending all its direct flights to Europe and the South from Vancouver and Quebec City, the airline said. Customers affected by these cancellations will receive a travel credit for the value of the amount received on file, which they can use within 24 months of their original return dates, the company said in a statement.

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