Air Canada announced today that it would be shutting down the vast majority of its international and transborder flights effective April 1, 2020, as well as curtailing some of its domestic flights.
Beginning April 1, Air Canada’s 53-airport transborder network will be reduced to 13. Flights will continue to service New York (both LaGuardia and Newark), Boston, Washington DC (both Dulles and Reagan), Chicago, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale.
Overseas, the drop is even sharper. Air Canada will continue to operate a limited number of flights to only six of its 101 international destinations — London, Paris, Frankfurt, Delhi, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
Notably, even these flights are only slated to run from April 1 to “at least April 30,” and Air Canada’s announcement suggests that their continuation is mostly focused on bringing Canadians home during the COVID-19 crisis, not anything resembling business as usual.
On the home front, Air Canada will continue to serve all 13 provinces and territories, but the domestic network will drop from 62 airports to 40. There was no immediate announcement of which airports would see services eliminated.
The reductions will ease in between now and March 31, as demand continues to decline. If you are booked on a flight or Air Canada Vacations package that is cancelled due to these changes, Air Canada will contact you directly, and will provide a full credit valid for 24 months. We don’t recommend reaching out to the airline at present – wait times for all the airline customer service centres are beyond.