Air Canada Update On Hurricane-Affected Destinations
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
With the passage of Hurricane Irma, Air Canada reports it is resuming normal operations to most affected destinations. Full service to Florida will begin today and regularly scheduled flights have started to operate to most Caribbean destinations.
“We continue to monitor the situation to assess where additional capacity or flights may be required and our intent is to accommodate all customers wishing to travel. Additionally, a goodwill policy remains in effect for customers to delay or change flights without charge,” the airline said in a statement.
Here’s the latest information:
Preparations are underway to resume a full schedule to Florida today. This includes service to MIA, MCO, FLL, TPA and the next regularly scheduled flights to Fort Myers on Friday, 15SEPT, and Sarasota, on Saturday, 16SEPT.
Customers are advised that aircraft are very full on outgoing flights from Florida, and while AC is adding additional capacity, space may be limited initially. The airline says it is committed to add extra capacity in order to transport customers who wish to travel.
AC is resuming service to HAV today. Other destinations in Cuba remain cancelled with plans to resume services to most destinations in the coming days, subject to the safety and security of airports and infrastructure. The airports serving Cayo Coco and Santa Clara are presently closed until 25SEPT.
AC and AC Rouge have resumed scheduled service to other destinations in the Caribbean. This includes the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti, Jamaica and Turks and Caicos. Other flights that were disrupted in the Caribbean will resume as regularly scheduled.
In response to Hurricane Irma:
Since 5SEPT, AC has operated a total of 30 additional flights, as well as larger aircraft with more seats, to bring over 7,000 customers home early from the affected areas including Antigua, Cuba, Turks and Caicos, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Florida.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years.