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Canada’s Airlines Awaken

Canada’s Airlines Awaken

July 12th, 2021 at 12:30 AM EDT
13 min read

Issue Overview

At long last, Canada has begun to relax some Covid-19 restrictions on domestic and international travel. For much of this year, the country had had among the strictest rules, requiring travelers to provide test results and quarantine in government-approved hotels (at great cost), among other measures. These rules all but squashed international travel, and domestic restrictions put a damper on flights within the country. But now, the industry's airlines are taking their first steps back from the void, with Air Canada resuming several international routes from its Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver gateways. Still, the airline plans to fly only 35 percent of its 2019 capacity this August. Meanwhile, Ottawa provided Porter Airlines with a loan, as it did for Air Canada and Transat. The carrier, which hasn't flown a single flight since last March, now says it will resume operations in September.

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