Two more flight routes in and out of Halifax will soon disappear following the latest Air Canada cuts.
On Wednesday, the airline announced, as of Jan. 23, it would be scaling down service by an additional 25 per cent, resulting in the loss of 1,700 jobs.
According to a spokesperson for Halifax Stanfield International Airport, that includes the elimination of flights between Halifax and both Gander and Goose Bay until further notice.
"The announcement from Air Canada today further reduces the small number of destinations we’re connected to across Canada," Leah Batstone told HalifaxToday.ca.
"On the 23rd, we will be left with flights to just four Canadian cities: St. John’s, Montreal, Toronto, and Calgary, with significantly reduced capacity."
In 2019, Haligonians could fly direct to 46 destinations across Canada, in the U.S. and internationally.
"It could take years to rebuild air access to our region and the continued loss of service will extend our recovery period well beyond when the demand for travel returns," Batstone added.
"We understand why airlines must make these tough decisions; the pandemic and associated travel restrictions continue to suppress passenger demand and consumer confidence is at an all-time low."
Air Canada's executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Lucie Guillemette, said increased travel restrictions at both the federal and provincial level have had an "immediate impact" on bookings.
“While this is not the news we were hoping to announce this early into the year, we are nonetheless encouraged that Health Canada has already approved two vaccines and that the Government of Canada expects the vast majority of eligible Canadians to be vaccinated by September," Guillemette said in a statement.
"We look forward to seeing our business start to return to normal and to bringing back some of our more than 20,000 employees currently on furlough and layoff."
The news comes just two days after the last round of Air Canada cuts kicked in. As of January 11, Haligonians can no longer fly to Deer Lake or Ottawa.
Here's the full list of routes that will be cut as of Jan. 23:
- Goose Bay–Halifax
- Prince Rupert-Vancouver
- Quebec City-Toronto
- St. John’s-Toronto