Air Transat temporarily cancels all flights due to COVID-19 restrictions

Jan 30 2021, 7:02 pm

Air Transat is cancelling all flights until the spring due to new travel restrictions implemented by the federal government.

The budget airline announced on January 29 that it would be temporarily suspending its regular operations until April 30, including flights it operates to Europe.

The airline said it will continue operating return flights to Canada until February 13.

Canadian customers who are scheduled to fly home between February 14 and April 30 will be rebooked on an earlier flight.

“We are putting in place the measures requested by the Canadian government, including not travelling to the South,” said Jean-Marc Eustache, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat A.T. Inc.

“This forces us to temporarily suspend all our flights, including to Europe.”

On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that major Canadian airlines, including Air Transat, had agreed to suspend service to Mexico and the Caribbean until the end of April.

As well, international flights can only land at four airports across the country, and travellers will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada.

While they await the results of the test, passengers will be required to quarantine at a designated hotel at their own expense.

On Wednesday, Air Transat announced that it would be cancelling all flights out of Toronto for the remainder of the winter season.

“We will do everything we can to return our customers back to Canada. We obviously share the government’s objective to protect Canadians from COVID-19, including the new variants,” Eustache said.

Air Transat offers flights to 25 countries in the Americas and Europe, including Italy, Spain, and Jamaica.

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