Air Canada cancels flights out of Labrador, St. John’s to Toronto route axed

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CBC News · Posted: Jan 12, 2021

Air Canada announced Tuesday that it will cancel three passenger flights out of Newfoundland and Labrador, beginning Jan. 23. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Air Canada is cutting three flight routes in Newfoundland and Labrador, according to an email from a company spokesperson Tuesday.

Service between Gander and Halifax, Goose Bay and Halifax, and St. John’s and Toronto ends Jan. 23.

“We continue to experience stifled demand due to COVID-19 and ongoing travel restrictions and quarantine requirements,” the company’s media spokesperson told CBC News in a statement.

“As a result, we are suspending until further notice all passenger flights to these destinations.”

The statement goes on to say the company regrets the impact on customers and communities but maintains it is increasingly difficult to continue to operate in such a challenging environment.

The spokesperson said the airline’s overall capacity is down 80 per cent from last year.

“Air Canada will continue to evaluate and adjust its route network as required in response to the trajectory of the pandemic and travel restrictions,” the statement says.