Published on : Tuesday, March 24, 2020
The Montreal-based airline, Air Canada has recently decided to reinstate some international flights in order to repatriate citizens. The decision has been undertaken to rescue certain passengers who have been stranded overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The carrier mentioned that it will operate six flights to destinations in Spain and South America. These flights would be used to rescue or board travelers who have been stuck in those areas since numerous international airlines shut down in the past week.
Calin Rovinescu, Chief Executive, Air Canada said in a press statement that around hundreds of Canadians are now trapped in Peru, Ecuador and Spain due to the imposed travel restrictions and measures by the authorities. These Canadians will know to be able to reach home with the help of rescue flights. He further added that Air Canada continues to remain fully mobilized in dealing with the global health crisis. He also said that airline has committed to keeping international and transborder operations to the US and across Canada flowing. These operations can allow people to return to Canadian soil with immediate effect.
The carrier will also transmit required cargo including emergency supplies. Air Canada also said that in the past week it brought more than 200,000 Canadians back to Canada from all over the world although it has substantially drawn down its network. By the end of March, Air Canada is expected to operate more than 300 flights from international airports and 850 flights from US airports.
It will also maintain some transborder and international flights after April 1st 2020 in order to maintain a number of air bridges. This will facilitate essential travel and ensure the continued movement of emergency supplies and other necessary goods.
Earlier around March 20th, Air Canada performed a layoff for nearly 5,000 cabin crew alongside reducing capacity. It also withdrew earnings guidance for 2020 and 2021 similar to that of its contemporary airlines.