Air Canada plans to ground flights in July and August

Overwhelmed by the unbridled resumption of air travel, Air Canada has had to decide to cut its flight offer in July and August.

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At least that’s what the company said in an email sent to customers on Wednesday.

“In order to achieve the necessary level of operational stability, we are reluctantly having to make significant cuts to our flight schedule in July and August in order to reduce volumes and passenger flows to levels that we consider sustainable for systemic air transport,” we can say in the notice read, signed by Air Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Rousseau.

Initially, no information was given about how many flights could be canceled in the coming weeks.

The chairman acknowledged that after more than two years of the pandemic, Air Canada was overwhelmed by the strength of the resumption of service.

“Despite detailed and rigorous planning, the most massive and rapid hiring in our history, and investments in aircraft and equipment, we must recognize that the complex and inevitable challenges facing the industry have also disrupted Air Canada’s operations,” argued Mr. Rousseau, presenting “[ses] sincere apologies to our customers and staff.

According to data from the FlightAware website, 58% of Air Canada flights scheduled for Wednesday were delayed, which is the worst percentage of any airline listed on the platform.

It must be said that two of the main airports served by Air Canada, Montreal-Trudeau and Pearson in Toronto, score poorly in terms of punctuality these days. As of Wednesday, 37% of Montreal’s flights were delayed, compared to Toronto’s 41%, making it the 8th and 6th worst airports in the world, respectively, according to data from FlightAware.

Aéroports de Montréal President and CEO Philippe Rainville has also indicated that a reduction in the number of daily flights appears inevitable.

“I will tell you that we are seriously considering reducing the range of travel. Maybe for a while we will be forced to suspend some flights and cancel destinations in the summer,” he told TVA Nouvelles on Tuesday.

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