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Air Canada to Close 8 Outstations, Discontinue 30 Domestic Routes

Air Canada to Close 8 Outstations, Discontinue 30 Domestic Routes

Air Canada said it would close eight outstations and end 30 domestic routes amidst the continuing downturn in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The outstations are located in Bathurst, New Brunswick; Baie Comeau, Quebec; Gasper, Quebec; Kingston, Ontario; Mont Joli, Quebec; North Bay, Ontario; Wabush, Newfoundland and Labrador; and Val d’Or, Quebec.
The airline is discontinuing 14 routes in Eastern Canada in the Maritime provinces and Newfoundland and Labrador including Saint …

Europe Poised to Reopen Borders to 14 Countries, But Not to Americans or Russians

After four months, the European Union is preparing to reopen its borders, but the list of countries whose citizens will be able to enter will be very short.
Fourteen to be exact.
The Committee of Permanent Representatives, which is comprised of the ambassadors of EU member countries to the bloc, agreed late Friday to allow citizens of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, …

WestJet to Layoff 24% of Workforce Amidst Pandemic

WestJet to Layoff 24% of Workforce Amidst Pandemic

WestJet announced plans to lay off 24% of its workforce, or 3,333 employees, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to decimate air travel.
The Calgary-based airline had 14,000 employees before the pandemic struck. Border closures and travel restrictions have grounded two-thirds of its fleet, the airline said.
“WestJet has remained self-sufficient throughout this extended crisis, cutting our costs by more than 60%,” said its CEO, Ed Sims, in a YouTube video to staff.
“Despite these efforts, …

WestJet Flight Diverts When Passenger Smokes, Refuses to Wear Mask

WestJet Flight Diverts When Passenger Smokes, Refuses to Wear Mask

A WestJet flight from Vancouver to Toronto was forced to divert earlier this week when an “unruly” passenger both refused to wear a mask during the flight and also smoked a cigarette.
WestJet Flight 706 had taken off at 9:49 a.m. local time and diverted to and landed in Winnipeg at 2:43 p.m.  After 52 minutes on the ground, it departed for its final destination, Toronto, where it arrived at 6:36 …

Restrictions on Travel Between United States, Mexico, and Canada to Continue

Restrictions on Travel Between United States, Mexico, and Canada to Continue

Travel restrictions between Canada, Mexico, and the United States across their shared borders will remain in place for another 30 days, officials of the three countries said.
The restrictions were put into place on March 21 amidst the coronavirus outbreak, and continued several times hence.
“This is a decision that will protect people on both sides of the border as we continue to fight COVID-19,” said Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
The restrictions …

WestJet Updates July Scheduling, Doubles Flying from June

WestJet Updates July Scheduling, Doubles Flying from June

WestJet released an updated and expanded July schedule Monday and said it is doubling the amount of flights it will have operated in June, although it will only operate 24% of the number of flights it operated in July 2019.
The Canadian low-cost carrier will serve 45 destinations next month.  This includes 39 in Canada, five in the United States, and one in Mexico.
The schedule calls for six weekly transborder flights …

U.S. and Canada Likely to Extend Border Closure to Late July

U.S. and Canada Likely to Extend Border Closure to Late July

Travel restrictions between Canada and the United States across their shared border will likely remain in place through the end of July, sources in the Canadian and U.S. governments said Tuesday.
The restrictions on the Canadian border were put into place on March 21 amidst the coronavirus outbreak and extended in April and again in May.  They are currently slated to end on June 21.
The story was first reported by the …