Air Transat introduced Friday it’s suspending its common operations efficient instantly.
The transfer comes after the Canadian authorities introduced tighter COVID-19 journey restrictions, together with requiring Canadian airways to droop flights to solar locations within the Caribbean and Mexico.
The Montreal-based firm, nonetheless, introduced a whole suspension of all Air Transat flights, together with to Europe, till April 30.
The main target is now shifting to repatriating clients to Canada over the subsequent two weeks.
“We’ll do all the things we will to return our clients again to Canada,” mentioned CEO Jean-Marc Eustache.
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In a press release on its web site, Transat mentioned the corporate is doing what it may to reduce the affect on travellers, together with ensuring there are ample flights accessible to deliver Canadians overseas again house.
Return flights scheduled between Jan. 29 and Feb. 13 inclusively, for vacationers who’re already overseas, will function as scheduled.
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The corporate warned, nonetheless, that return flights between Feb. 14 and April 30 are being cancelled.
“Relaxation assured that you’ll mechanically be rebooked on one other Air Transat flight again house between February 4 and 13 inclusively, and choices on your new journey itinerary will likely be despatched to you as quickly as attainable,” the assertion reads.
Bookings for roundtrip flights which have but to depart are additionally being cancelled till April 30, inclusively. Transat mentioned travellers will obtain a refund for the quantity paid within the unique technique of fee. Those that booked journeys with journey credit will likely be refunded in variety.
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Eustache mentioned the airline has been doing its half relating to making certain the well being and security of its clientele.
“We clearly share the federal government’s goal to guard Canadians from COVID-19, together with the brand new variants, and that is what all of our personnel have been doing in latest months, notably on board our plane, with a complete program of tailored sanitary measures,” Eustache mentioned.
The corporate, nonetheless, is asking on Ottawa do its half to make sure the survival of Canadian airways.
It reiterated its requires the Canadian authorities to place in place monetary packages to assist airways mitigate the affect of the pandemic and degree out the taking part in subject.
“The airline trade is extremely aggressive, and worldwide carriers from different international locations have benefited from vital assist measures from their governments because the starting of the pandemic,” a information launch reads.
“That is creating a substantial imbalance that has harm the competitiveness of Canada’s airways for months and threatens their survival.”
Transat says it has already put in place cost-cutting measures, “together with momentary layoffs affecting 75 per cent of its workers.”
The latest COVID-19 restrictions and the following momentary shutdown, is simply including to the burden. The corporate mentioned it has resulted in additional layoffs of each flight crews and assist workers.
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