Airlines in Canada continue to cope with ongoing travel restrictions and bans as governments around the globe try to minimize the impact of the coronavirus. Here’s what Canada’s major airlines are doing about international and domestic flights in response to continuing coronavirus travel bans.
Recently, the airline announced that it would extend the suspension of international flights, as well as the reduction of domestic flights, until May 31, 2020. The airline has reduced its international network from 101 airports down to only six, flying only to the cities of London, Paris, Frankfurt, Delhi, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Air Canada has also reduced its trans-border network from 53 airports to 13. The only U.S. cities now being serviced by the carrier are New York (LGA and EWR), Boston, Washington, D.C. (IAD and DCA), Chicago, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.
Air Canada has also decreased its domestic network from 62 airports down to 40. The airline will continue to operate repatriation flights as needed. As a reminder, for cancelled flights the airline is offering a future flight credit for travel that must be used within 24 months. For more information, go here and here.
West Jet recently announced that the suspension of its operations for all transborder (United States, including Hawaii) and international (Europe, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America) flights will continue until at least May 4, 2020.
The carrier has also reduced its domestic flights significantly until May 4. The website states that “While we’re reducing our domestic service by about 50 per cent, we are committed to keeping critical economic lifelines open for the 38 communities we serve across Canada. The situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, but as of March 23, we will continue to offer flights to all of the cities we currently serve in Canada with decreased frequency.” Like Air Canada, the airline is offering flight credits valid for 24 months for cancelled flights. Read more here and here.
Originally the airline suspended operations until April 30, but it has now said that it will suspend all flights until May 31. Customers with cancelled flights will receive vouchers valid for 24 months. Check out the website for more information.
Porter Airlines has suspended all flights until June 1, and the website is presently taking reservations for flights that start as of June 1. To encourage bookings, the carrier is also offering no change or cancellation fees if the flight is purchased before April 30, 2020. More details are available on the website here and here.
Sunwing has also extended its flight suspensions from April 30 to May 31. The website states that “Customers with departure dates for flights or vacation packages between March 17th and May 31st are eligible to receive a future travel credit in the value of the original amount paid. No action needed. Your original booking number will be the code of your future travel credit…. This credit can be redeemed against future travel for departures up to June 20, 2022 to anywhere Sunwing Airlines operates.” Get the details here.
Flair has made numerous changes to its domestic flight schedule. All changes can be seen here. Passengers can cancel a booking and receive a travel voucher for the full value of the original booking valid until March 31st, 2021 (to do so you must contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include your 6-digit reservation number). You can also choose to rebook a flight and the airline will waive the normal $125 re-booking fee; however, customers will have to pay the difference in fare.
Swoop announced the suspension of scheduled operations for all transborder (United States) and international (Mexico, Caribbean) flights until May 31, 2020. For canceled flights, customers will receive a credit. According to the site, “Customers have the ability to cancel their reservation for a credit through Manage My Booking. The credit is available for use for up to 24 months after the date on which the cancellation occurs. Credit must be used within 24 months.” For more details, check out here, here and here.