Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed disappointment at Air Canada over the airline's decision to suspend some flights from its domestic network.
Air Canada said on Tuesday (June 30th) that it is indefinitely suspending service on 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports in Canada.
The structural changes were made as a result of the ongoing weak demand for both business and leisure travel due to COVID-19 and provincial and federal government-imposed travel restrictions and border closures, "which are diminishing prospects for a near-to-mid-term recovery," the airline stated in a release.
"We are obviously disappointed by the decision by Air Canada to cut services to some regions," Trudeau told reporters during a visit to Moisson Outaouais food bank in Gatineau, Quebec, on Friday (July 3rd). "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,"
The PM added: "We hope they can gradually resume these services...as the economy starts to recover."
Last May, Air Canada said it would slash its workforce by up to 60 per cent.
Meanwhile, Air Canada is now offering flexible rebooking options to Economy Class customers on flights that are close to capacity, as well as touchless processes at airports.
The airline, which recently ended its physical distancing policy on flights, will also resume in-flight meals and alcohol service starting in late July.
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