Air Canada will not run flights to as many as 15 Caribbean destinations from 24 January through 30 April 2022.
The rising threat of highly contagious omicron variant and the decreasing demand for foreign travelers are said to be the main factors behind the decision.
The Caribbean destinations impacted by this decision include Antigua, Aruba, Samaná, Curaçao, Exuma, Grenada, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Havana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The announcement comes around 15 days after the Canadian government issued a travel advisory, urging its citizens to avoid traveling abroad. Moreover, the government made it clear that returning travelers would have to undergo health checkups and spend weeks in isolation.
Not just Air Canada, many Canadian carriers have trimmed international flight schedules following the advisory.
Reports say Canadian carriers collectively suspended more than 500 flights in the first week of January this year.
Westjet has reduced 15% of schedules, while Air Transat halted 30% of its flights. Air Transat’s sun destinations include Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.
Canadians escape to sunny countries, such as the ones in the Caribbean, during the winter season when mist blankets a large part of their country.