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MONTREAL, CANADA - Canadian flag carrier Air Canada is suspending flights on 30 domestic routes indefinitely. The airline is also closing its eight stations at regional airports because of the lack of demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Air Canada said travel restrictions and border closures imposed by governments have decreased its prospects for recovery. Canada’s biggest airline reported a net loss of $1.05 billion in the first quarter.

To cut costs it has already slashed its workforce by more than half, about 20,000 employees, through layoffs, severances, early retirements, and leaves.

The airline has also reduced its capacity by about 85 percent in the second quarter from a year ago and expects a 75 percent capacity reduction in the third quarter. It has permanently removed 79 aircraft from Air Canada and Rouge fleets.

Air Canada expects the industry’s recovery from the pandemic to take at least three years. It said Tuesday it would be considering further service suspensions and other changes to its network and schedule in the coming weeks to cut more costs.

Air Canada shares fell 3 percent in afternoon trade after the news. The stock is down 65 percent this year.

The following routes will be suspended indefinitely and affected customers will be contacted and offered options by the airline.

Maritimes/Newfoundland and Labrador

Deer Lake-Goose Bay;
Deer Lake-St. John’s;
Fredericton-Halifax;
Fredericton-Ottawa;
Moncton-Halifax;
Saint John-Halifax;
Charlottetown-Halifax;
Moncton-Ottawa;
Gander-Goose Bay;
Gander-St. John’s;
Bathurst-Montreal;
Wabush-Goose Bay;
Wabush-Sept-Iles;
Goose Bay-St. John’s.

Quebec and Ontario

Baie Comeau-Montreal;
Baie Comeau-Mont Joli;
Gaspé-Iles de la Madeleine;
Gaspé-Quebec City;
Sept-Iles-Quebec City;
Val d’Or-Montreal;
Mont Joli-Montreal;
Rouyn-Noranda-Val d’Or;
Kingston-Toronto;
London-Ottawa;
North Bay-Toronto
Windsor-Montreal

Western Canada

Regina-Winnipeg;
Regina-Saskatoon;
Regina-Ottawa;
Saskatoon-Ottawa.

Air Canada is also closing its stations at these regional airports:

Bathurst (New Brunswick)
Wabush (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Gaspé (Quebec)
Baie Comeau (Quebec)
Mont Joli (Quebec)
Val d’Or (Quebec)
Kingston (Ontario)
North Bay (Ontario)

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