Air Canada suspends 30 domestic routes

Marco Green
July 3, 2020

Canada's largest air carrier put the Gateway City on its list of 30 domestic regional routes where flights are being chopped as the troubled airline seeks to cut costs as part of its massive restructuring efforts due to the impact of the global pandemic.

Air Canada has announced it is indefinitely suspending five routes out of Ottawa as it continues to deal with heavy losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it expects the industry's recovery to take at least three years.

Air Canada also says other changes to its network and schedule, as well as further service suspensions, will be considered over the coming weeks.

Air Canada says affected customers will be contacted by Air Canada and offered options, including alternate routings where available.

Last week London International Airport CEO Mike Seabrook heralded the return of Air Canada flights for the first time since early April as a harbinger of its recovery. Air Canada purchases practically all of Jazz's fleet capacity and pays fixed margin fees, performance incentives and compensation for operating costs, including aircraft lease rents, and makes all marketing decisions.

Chorus said in its release that Jazz's compensation does not vary with flight activity and remains unchanged with Tuesday's announcement.

According to McDonald, 77,450 passengers moved through Jack Garland in 2019, a 4.7 per cent increase over the previous year, largely driven by Air Canada. They are connections between Regina and Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg and Regina and Ottawa.

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