Air Canada will now fly the Toronto – St Vincent route once per week as the air said worldwide demand for flights continues to fizzle.
The cancellations come after airlines including Air Canada banked on a return of business travel and a continued uptick in leisure trips in the fall, said John Gradek, who heads McGill University’s Global Aviation Leadership program.
“They’ve decided since about the end of July to let loose on scheduled services and increasing the number of routes, at the same time hoping that the government will loosen up some of its restrictions. And that’s not been the case,” he said.
In its route updates for North America and the Caribbean, the airline said starting October 1st, 2020 the Toronto -St Vincent route will now be serviced with one flight per week.
Airlines are cancelling the half-booked flights and consolidating passengers on remaining ones to cut costs.
Air Canada saw passenger revenues drop 95 per cent, prompting 20,000 layoffs as the airline burned through $19 million per day. WestJet has laid off about 4,000 employees since March.