Air Canada announced Tuesday it would suspend flights to the United States, a blow to an airline that built its growth strategy around international service.
Air Canada said Wednesday it would rehire 16,500 laid off staff thanks to a federal wage subsidy programme.
Air Canada’s domestic schedule has dropped to less than 750 departures from 29 cities in its latest COVID-19 update.
Canada’s Minister of Transport is being urged to approve the merger of Air Canada and Air Transat, despite concerns about the harm it would to air air service between Canada and dozens of popular holiday destinations.
Air Canada announced it would shed 16,500 jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing the number of jobs lost in Canadian aviation to almost 45,000.
Air Canada has further reduced its planned flying for the month of April, dropping routes and cutting frequencies as Canada’s largest carrier continues to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.