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Economy

Air Canada to cut 1,700 jobs, reduce capacity by 25%

Air Canada, Canada’s largest air carrier, said Wednesday that it has to cut 1,700 jobs as pandemic travel restrictions force it to further cut capacity by 25 per cent in the first quarter of this year. The reduction in capacity »

Economy, Society

WestJet to refund customers with flights cancelled due to pandemic

WestJet will start giving refunds to customers with flights cancelled from any time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Nov. 2, WestJet is going to contact eligible customers, starting with those with flights that were cancelled at the beginning of »

Politics

Air Canada urges Canada to ease travel restrictions with science based approach

Air Canada’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Chung wrote a letter on Wednesday calling on the Canadian federal government to consider using a science based approach to easing travel restrictions. The airline has asked the government to ease restrictions to »

Economy, Society

Air Canada suspending service on domestic regional flights

Air Canada is indefinitely suspending service of 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports across Canada, according to a press release from the company on Tuesday. “These structural changes to Air Canada’s domestic regional network are »

Health

Air Canada gives refunds for some non-refundable flights cancelled by COVID-19

Air Canada is giving customers the option for customers to get a refund for non-refundable tickets for flights that were cancelled because of COVID-19, but it is only for trips with itineraries originating from the European Union (EU), according to »

Uncategorized

Air Canada will retire dozens of aircraft because of COVID-19

Air Canada has greatly reduced flights and instituted new rules including temperature check before boarding., It also says it lost over $1billion in the first quarter this year. and will retire dozens of aircraft (Chris Helgren-Reuters). Read the article »

Economy

Flying somewhere at Christmas? Crazy thought? Maybe not!

Looking for harbingers of hope as you try to cope with  COVID-19 madness? Here’s one. In a CBC News story published Thursday evening, a vice president at Canada’s national airline, which is pretty much going nowhere these days, suggests that »

Economy, International

Air Canada suspends commercial fights to the U.S.

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 »

Economy

Air Canada to rehire 16,500 workers laid off due to COVID-19

Air Canada announced Wednesday that it plans to rehire 16,500 workers it recently laid off because of the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic provided the country’s largest airline qualifies for the federal emergency wage subsidy program. In a statement released »

Society

Air Transat lays off flight crews amid COVID-19 travel shutdown

Canada’s largest leisure travel company, Transat A.T., announced “with great sadness” Monday morning that it is temporarily laying off about 70 per cent of its workforce, including “all flight personnel.” The final Air Transat flight prior to the full suspension »