With files from Canadian Press
Routes between Halifax and four Maritime cities are being suspended indefinitely by Air Canada.
The airline has announced the cancellation of 30 domestic regional routes, including Halifax to Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John and Charlottetown. (see full list below)
The airline says the cuts are being made as a result of continuing weak demand for both business and leisure travel due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and border closures.
The company plans to contact all affected customers.
Air Canada is also closing stations at 8 regional airports, including Bathurst.
Other changes to the airline's network and schedule, as well as further service suspensions, will be considered over the coming weeks.
Earlier this year, the company announced it would layoff about 20,000 workers or more than half of its staff as part of its plan to cut costs.
Air Canada says system-wide capacity is down about 85 per cent in the second quarter compared with the same quarter last year and expects capacity in the third quarter to be down 75 per cent compared with the third quarter of 2019.
Here's the full list of suspended routes and station closures:
Maritimes/Newfoundland and Labrador:
- Deer Lake-Goose Bay;
- Deer Lake-St. John's;
- Saint John-Halifax;
- Gander-Goose Bay;
- Gander-St. John's;
- Wabush-Goose Bay;
- Goose Bay-St. John's.
- Baie Comeau-Montreal;
- Baie Comeau-Mont Joli;
- Gaspé-Iles de la Madeleine;
- Gaspé-Quebec City;
- Sept-Iles-Quebec City;
- Val d'Or-Montreal;
- Mont Joli-Montreal;
- Rouyn-Noranda-Val d'Or;
- North Bay-Toronto
The following are the Regional Airports where Air Canada is closing its stations:
- Bathurst (New Brunswick)
- Wabush (Newfoundland and Labrador)
- Gaspé (Quebec)
- Baie Comeau (Quebec)
- Mont Joli (Quebec)
- Val d'Or (Quebec)
- Kingston (Ontario)
- North Bay (Ontario)