After a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, Air Canada has temporarily suspended all outbound flights for 14 of its Caribbean routes, according to a travel advisory issued by the company on January 5, 2022.
“Air Canada will suspend certain flights to Sun destinations from January 24 to April 30, 2022,” the statement reads. Press release.
“Suspended destinations include Antigua, Aruba, Samaná [Dominican Republic], Curacao, Exuma [The Bahamas], Grenada, Puerto Plata [Dominican Republic], Santo Domingo [Dominican Republic], Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Havana [Cuba], Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten and Saint Kitts and Nevis.”
This confirmation comes after the airline has issued a “clarification” on January 3, 2022, in which it stated that the suspension of service to Mexico and the Caribbean was taken from a January 2021 press release in error.
This caused confusion in the media. But Air Canada has already reconfirmed the suspension of flights to the aforementioned destinations, although this time it did not include Mexico.
“As we continue the winter season, a resurgence of COVID and new government regulations have reduced demand in some sunny destinations, leading to unavoidable disruptions to Air Canada’s flight schedule from January 24 to April 30 2022,” said the vice president of Air Canada Vacations. President Nino Montagnese, in a message to partners.
Passengers affected by this decision will receive a full refund. Air Canada is committed to contacting all customers in order of departure date.
Air Canada also plans to operate inbound flights to bring back customers who are currently visiting any of the affected destinations.
The specifics of the return flights have not yet been confirmed. The airline essentially emphasized that these travelers must adhere to current COVID-19 restrictions to enter Canada.
Current travel requirements include proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure to Canada, which applies to anyone over the age of five.
Montagnese further stated that while the current situation may resemble that of January 2021, this year’s scenario is entirely different.
“…Unlike the heavy restrictions that kicked off 2021, this setback is a mound, not a mountain. And this year is nothing like the previous one. We are stronger, wiser and better prepared to manage the potential effects of COVID-19.”