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Air Canada Is Slashing 17 More Flight Routes & Laying Off 1,500 Staff Members

The flights are from Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.

On Tuesday, February 9, Air Canada announced the temporary cancellation of several more routes as well as another wave of temporary layoffs. 

"We are further reducing our transborder and international commercial schedule as a result of COVID-19," a spokesperson for Air Canada told Narcity in an email. 

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As of February 18, Air Canada will temporarily suspend until at least April 30 service on 17 routes. Air Canada

On account of the schedule changes, the airline will also be temporarily reducing its unionized workforce by 1,500 people. 

As for the suspended flights, it noted that "affected customers with bookings will be contacted with options, including alternate routings."

The flights include routes from Canada to the U.S. as well as other international destinations. 

The U.S. routes are listed below with the last operating date from Canada: 

  • Toronto to: Fort Myers (Feb. 14), Boston (Feb. 16), Washington-Reagan (Feb. 17), Denver (Feb. 17) and LaGuardia (Feb. 17)
  • Montreal to: Boston (Feb. 17), LaGuardia (Feb. 17)
  • Vancouver to: Seattle (Feb 16)

Here are the suspended international routes: 

  • Toronto to: Bogotá (Feb. 16), Dublin (Feb. 12), Dubai (start-up postponed), São Paulo (Feb. 16), Hong Kong (start-up postponed), Tel Aviv (continued suspension).
  • Montreal to: Bogotá (Feb. 13)
  • Vancouver to: London (Feb. 14), Narita (Feb. 15)

As Canada's travel restrictions change, airlines must adapt accordingly.