Flying may be off the cards for a while if you live in Atlantic Canada. On Tuesday, Air Canada confirmed that even more service cuts and station closures are happening come 2021.
From January 11, the airline will be suspending all flights in Sydney (Nova Scotia) and Saint John (New Brunswick) until further notice.
As a result of such suspensions, Sydney Airport will no longer receive any flights from major carriers.
Additionally, four routes will be indefinitely cancelled in Deer Lake (Newfoundland and Labrador), Charlottetown, Fredericton and Halifax.
[It's] added pressure on a sector on the verge of collapse.
Atlantic Canada Airports Association
Back in June, the Canadian airline confirmed that 11 routes out east would be shut-down until further notice, while stations in Bathurst (New Brunswick) and Wabush (Newfoundland and Labrador) were to be closed.
This most recent announcement from Air Canada follows a similar notice from WestJet in October, who confirmed 80% of their services out in Atlantic Canada have been suspended indefinitely.
In a statement, shared by Global News, the Atlantic Canada Airports Association (ACAA) described the second wave of COVID-19 as “added pressure on a sector on the verge of collapse.”
The association says that local services have been reduced to an “unsustainable level,” adding that smaller airports “cannot survive and operate in these conditions.”
Earlier this week, a report found that Air Canada had claimed over $400 million in government COVID-19 benefits by September 2020.