Air Canada Discontinues Service On 30 Regional Routes & Closes 8 Stations
Nina Slawek, Open Jaw
Air Canada said today that it is indefinitely suspending service on 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports in Canada.
In a statement, Air Canada explained the structural changes to the domestic regional network are being made as a result of continuing weak demand for both business and leisure travel due to COVID-19 and provincial and federal government-imposed travel restrictions and border closures, which are diminishing prospects for a near-to-mid-term recovery.
The carrier expects the industry's recovery to take a minimum of three years. As a consequence, other changes to its network and schedule, as well as further service suspensions, will be considered over the coming weeks as the airline takes steps to decisively reduce its overall cost structure and cash burn rate.
Twenty one of the regional routes are operated by Jazz Aviation LP ('Jazz'), and the closure of eight stations at regional airports, all of which are managed by Jazz, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation.
Chorus Aviation’s CEO, Joe Randell, responded to Air Canada's announcement:
"The COVID-19 crisis and provincial and federal government-imposed travel restrictions and border closures are having a significant negative effect on passenger demand for Canadian air travel. I am saddened by the impact today's announcement will have on our employees, suppliers and the affected communities, but respect and understand the difficult choice our partner, Air Canada, has had to make.”
The following routes will be suspended indefinitely as per applicable regulatory notice requirements. Affected customers will be contacted by Air Canada and offered options, including alternative routings where available.
Maritimes/Newfoundland and Labrador:
Deer Lake-Goose Bay;
Deer Lake-St. John's;
Goose Bay-St. John's.
Baie Comeau-Mont Joli;
Gaspé-Iles de la Madeleine;
The following are the Regional Airports where Air Canada is closing its stations:
Bathurst (New Brunswick)
Wabush (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Baie Comeau (Quebec)
Mont Joli (Quebec)
Val d'Or (Quebec)
North Bay (Ontario)
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