Saturday, 4 July 2020

Justin Trudeau disappointed by Air Canada

Canada PM disappointed by Air Canada move to suspend domestic flights

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister has expressed his deep disappointment with Air Canada and the national carriers decision to suspend a large number of domestic flights.

Air Canada confirmed on Tuesday it close 8 airport stations and suspend indefinitely 30 routes with more scheduled to be announced next month in the wake of the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. Many of these routes are between smaller regional cities that lack other viable connecting services.

“We are obviously disappointed by the decision by Air Canada to cut services to some regions. We know Air Canada profits from the most profitable routes in the country but we expect them to serve ... people who live in more distant regions,” Justin Trudeau told a busy news conference on Friday. Adding  “We hope they can gradually resume these services ... as the economy starts to recover,”

The airline has already announced sweeping job losses that will see 20,000 people lose their jobs - roughly 50% of the airline and the permanent removal of 79 aircraft from its mainline and Rouge fleets.

Some politicians have called on the airline to think again about cutting so many services, whilst others have called upon the firms biggest rival, WestJet to pick up some of the routes dropped by Air Canada. 

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