Air Transat briefly shutting down, different airways provide refunds amid new pandemic measures

Air Transat mentioned Friday it’s briefly suspending all operations till the top of April, because it and different Canadian airways regulate to new pandemic measures launched by the federal authorities to curb worldwide journey.

Ottawa is not banning non-essential journey; it is making it as inconvenient and costly as attainable. Now, along with present necessities, returning travellers might want to quarantine in a resort for 3 days at their very own expense, at a possible value of a minimum of $2,000. 2:33

Air Transat mentioned Friday it’s briefly suspending all operations till the top of April, because it and different Canadian airways regulate to new pandemic measures launched by the federal authorities to curb worldwide journey.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced the brand new measures earlier within the day — saying Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat had agreed to droop service to the Caribbean and Mexico from Sunday till April 30.

Nonetheless, Air Transat later mentioned on its web site that it’ll droop all operations, not simply flights to solar locations, beginning Friday.

The Montreal-based airline didn’t say if it was providing refunds, however mentioned it’s “engaged on a repatriation plan” for patrons overseas whose return flights had been scheduled throughout that interval.

Air Canada mentioned in a press release it’s going to provide refunds to clients whose flights are suspended because of the restrictions if there’s “no various out there” to them. The airline says flights to 15 locations in Mexico and the Caribbean are affected.

WATCH | Trudeau introduces new restrictions:

Justin Trudeau introduced that Canada’s fundamental airways have agreed to droop service to solar locations till April 30. 3:13

Sunwing mentioned it’s working to inform clients about modifications to their flights, including those that have their bookings cancelled can be “offered a full refund to the unique type of fee.”

The Toronto-based firm mentioned its resolution to droop flights “was not made evenly however one thing we deemed essential.”

Trudeau on Friday additionally launched new obligatory quarantine guidelines for travellers coming into the nation.

“With the challenges we at the moment face with COVID-19, each right here at house and overseas, all of us agree that now could be simply not the time to be flying,” he mentioned in Ottawa.