Changes to flights

by cd69 @, Winnipeg,MB,Canada, Thursday, January 06, 2022, 20:58 (21 days ago) @ islandgirl

"Air Canada announced Wednesday it will suspend some flights to sunny destinations, from Jan. 24 to April 30, due to the pandemic.

On its website, the carrier says the suspended destinations include Antigua, Aruba, Samana, Curacao, Exuma, Grenada, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Havana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Martin/Sint Maarten and St. Kitts and Nevis.

Air Canada explains that to avoid Canadians being stranded abroad, it plans to "operate several one-way commercial flights from the affected destinations to bring people back to Canada."

The company says it will provide a full refund to travellers affected by the temporary suspension of these flights."

In the big picture, the numbers affected for those destinations are very small. None of the more popular destinations have been canceled so far. AC, like WestJet and other airlines, is suffering from a staff shortage due to some of it's staff testing positive and/or being close contacts and having to quarantine. So for them, it is also being able to shuffle staff to their busier routes. WestJet already announced they are canceling 15% of their flights until the end of the month. I expect to see this number rise as more staff calls in sick. Experts are now saying worst-case scenario is another 3-5 weeks before Omicron drops in number enough for us to see serious improvements in day to day life and especially for hospital numbers. Best case is still another 2-3 weeks...


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