Air Transat cancels most winter flights out of Western Canada because of pandemic

MONTREAL – Air Transat says it’s cancelling all flights from Western Canada to sunshine locations or america this winter, with refunds en path to prospects.

Tour operator Transat, which owns Air Transat, says in an internet discover it’s scrubbing routes that had been slated to take off from Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.

The one routes out of western gateways between Nov. 1 and April 30 can be from Vancouver to Toronto and Montreal, in addition to some connecting flights to Europe through Toronto.

Transat, whose first industrial flight in 4 months took off final week, says prospects will obtain a full refund relatively than the corporate credit score that has beforehand been provided for flights cancelled as a result of COVID-19 disaster.

The Montreal-based firm cites “the numerous challenges” dealing with the airline business, which centre round a pandemic that shut down borders and grounded fleets earlier than site visitors slowly beginning to choose up in the summertime, although not sufficient to revive the important crossborder tourism or enterprise journey markets.

Transat advised The Canadian Press final week it is going to delay the closing deadline of its takeover by Air Canada, pushing it again by one month till Aug. 27 as European regulators and federal cupboard members mull how the $720-million acquisition will have an effect on competitors.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed July 30, 2020.