January 15th, 2021

Air Canada suspends more routes in Atlantic Canada in latest round of cuts


By The Canadian Press on January 13, 2021.

The Air Canada logo is seen on a hangar at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, March 20, 2020. Air Canada has advised airports in Atlantic Canada that it will suspend more routes in the region until further notice. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

HALIFAX – Air Canada has told airports in Atlantic Canada that it will suspend more routes in the region until further notice.

Effective Jan. 23, the airline will suspend all service in Gander, N.L., Goose Bay, N.L., and Fredericton, N.B., the Atlantic Canada Airports Association says.

The cuts come just days after Air Canada’s latest round of service reductions in Atlantic Canada went into effect on Jan. 11.

Similarly, WestJet said in October that it would suspend 80 per cent of its Atlantic Canada capacity.

Monette Pasher, the executive director of the Atlantic Canada Airports Association, said in a statement that the repercussions of the cuts would be felt for years to come in communities in Atlantic Canada.

Airlines have blamed a lack of federal support for the air sector as the reason for the dramatic reduction in service.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2021.

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