On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that major Canadian airlines are cancelling their air service to sun destinations, including the Caribbean and Mexico, starting this Sunday until April 30.
The airlines include Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, and Air Transat.
Now, Air Canada and WestJet have released which destinations and routes will be cancelled in line with the federal announcement.
Both airlines have noted though, that they will be operating one-way flights from the affected destinations to bring Canadian travellers home.
Here is the list of cancelled routes from both airlines:
- Vancouver – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Vancouver – Cancun, Mexico
- Vancouver – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Calgary – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Calgary – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Calgary – Cancun, Mexico,
- Calgary – Liberia, Costa Rica
- Edmonton – Cancun, Mexico
- Edmonton – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Edmonton – Mazatlan, Mexico (Swoop)
- Edmonton – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Swoop)
- Toronto – Cancun, Mexico
- Toronto – Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
- Toronto – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Toronto – Kingston, Jamaica
- Toronto – Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Toronto – Liberia, Costa Rica
- Toronto – Varadero, Cuba
- Toronto – Saint Lucia
- Toronto – Saint Marten
- Toronto – Nassau, Bahamas
- Toronto – Bermuda
- Toronto – Montego Bay, Jamaica (Swoop)
- Toronto – Cancun, Mexico (Swoop)
“The government asked, and we agreed,” said WestJet President and CEO Ed Sims in a statement. “We have responded to their request and will suspend service to destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.”
For guests with travel booked during the impacted period, WestJet said it will proactively notify them of their options.
- Cayo Coco
- Montego Bay
- Punta Cana
- Puerto Vallarta
- Mexico City
- San Jose
Air Canada said affected customers will be offered full refunds given the services are being suspended with no alternative available.
“Air Canada believes a collaborative approach with the Government of Canada involving all air carriers is the best means to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially given concerns around the variants of COVID- 19 and travel during the spring break period,” said Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu in a statement.
Earlier, Trudeau also announced beginning next week, all international flights will only be allowed to land at four airports: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal.
And in February, there will be a second mandatory COVID-19 test for arriving passengers.
As they await the result, they will be required to wait in quarantine for three days at a supervised hotel. The stay will cost $2,000 per person – which includes the cost of private tests and the hotel stay.
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If they receive a negative test result, they can go home to quarantine with enhanced supervision, which Trudeau says includes private security, which his government has recently hired. But if the test is positive, they will be taken to a government facility.
Trudeau said these “decisions are not made lightly” and are “informed, effective decisions that take in all factors and their consequences.”
Trudeau noted Canada has had its borders closed to non-essential international travellers for almost a year, has implemented a two-week quarantine, and has asked for Canadian residents and citizens to have a negative COVID-19 test result before coming back to the country.
– With files from Clarrie Feinstein