Air Canada suspends all flights to Italy amid COVID-19 outbreak

Mar 10 2020, 12:02 pm

Air Canada has announced it is suspending all flights between Canada and Italy as of tomorrow.

“Due to Italian government regulations and ongoing health and safety concerns, Air Canada will suspend its service between Canada and Italy as of March 11,” said the airline in a statement to Daily Hive.

According to the Government of Canada’s latest travel advisory for Italy, it is asking Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel to the European country due to the spread of COVID-19.

The airline’s last flight to Rome will depart Toronto on the evening of March 10 and the last flight returning from Rome will be March 11 to Montreal.

“We continue to monitor this situation and evaluate conditions prior to resuming service;  we currently plan to restart service May 1,” they said.

Air Canada’s current service to Italy consists of once daily flights from Canada to Rome on alternate days from Toronto and Montreal.

“Affected customers will be notified and offered travel options, including a full refund,” Air Canada said.

Earlier this year, after announcing in January it was temporarily suspending all direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai until February 29 amidst growing concern surrounding coronavirus, Air Canada ended up extending that timeline until April 10 – a move it said is reflective of “reduced market demand.”