Turbulence ahead for the holidays: Air Canada is reducing its flights for the summer

Up until this week, the airline was operating an average of 1,000 flights a day. Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said three destinations will be temporarily suspended, namely the one between Montreal and Pittsburgh, another connecting Baltimore to Kelowna and a final one going from Toronto to Fort McMurray.

Most of the affected flights depart from or are destined for Montreal and Toronto airports, adds Mr Fitzpatrick.

Air Canada claims the changes will primarily affect evening and nighttime flights by small planes on domestic and international routes. International flights should not be affected, apart from possible minor changes in departure times.

Unfortunately, the situation is far from normal for our industry worldwide, impacting our business and ability to serve you with our usual level of attention.Air Canada President and CEO Michael Rousseau said in a letter sent to customers Wednesday night.

The guide writes that the resumption of air travel after more than two years of the pandemic has created one extraordinary and unforeseen pressures on all elements of the global aviation system.

Despite planning detailed and strict the resumption of activities, a high recruitment rate and investment in machinery and equipment, We must be aware that complex and unavoidable industry challenges have also disrupted Air Canada’s businessremarked Michael Rousseau.

Unfortunate consequences for some customers

For all these reasons and with the goal of getting a degree Operational stability requiredAir Canada has chosen reluctantly to significantly reduce its flights in July and August.

The Air Canada President and CEO says it is a difficult decision as it will result in more flight cancellations and serious consequences for some customers.

However, by canceling in advance, we give impacted customers time to make and consider alternative arrangements, rather than disrupting their travel plans just before or during their trip with few alternatives available. This also allows us to provide an adequate service to all our customers.

On behalf of the entire Air Canada team, I sincerely apologize for the changes you have made or may need to make to your itinerary in this unprecedented context. »

A quote from Michael Rousseau, President and CEO of Air Canada

We will have to reduce the supply

Earlier on Wednesday, the CEO of Aéroports de Montréal (weapons of mass destruction), Philippe Rainville, sounded the alarm by saying that the services ofweapons of mass destruction will not be able to cope with the flow of tourists.

He had indicated that Montreal-Trudeau Airport was considering canceling flights during the summer period. Reducing supply is the only solution, he said.

The CEO of Aéroports de Montréal had specifically mentioned the thorny issue of labor shortages.

We have a lot of people leaving because the situation is becoming untenable. We need to re-motivate and re-hire these peoplehe said.

Chaotic situation at Montreal airport, both on arrival and departure.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz

Almost half of the flights are delayed

In the period from June 22 to 28, numerous delays were recorded at major airports in the country such as Montreal or Toronto.

According to data from Data Wazo, around 44% of flights were delayed and 8.5% were cancelled.

Passengers have reported receiving last-minute emails notifying them of repeated delays, aircraft changes or rebookings that are scheduled days after their original flight departure time. The reasons given range from absent pilots and overworked baggage handlers to unscheduled mechanical maintenance.

Difficulties are affecting several sectors of port activity, in particular shortage of staff and large numbers of passengers. This causes disruptions throughout the supply chain.

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