The suspension will begin on April 26 with plans to resume flights on May 22.

By Cailey Rizzo
April 22, 2020

Air Canada will temporarily suspend its service to the U.S., due to the spread of coronavirus.

The halt will begin on April 26 with plans to resume flights on May 22, pending government approval.

Passengers with flights booked during this period can reschedule their reservation when the routes reopen for free, according to the airline.

Back in March, the U.S. and Canada closed their border to nonessential travel. That closure was due to expire on April 21 but earlier this week, both countries agreed to extend the closure for another month, due to the continued spread of COVID-19.

Air Canada plane
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During the initial closure, Air Canada was still flying to 11 U.S. destinations, including Chicago, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C.and Seattle. The flights were mostly used to help repatriate Canadians stuck over the border.

Noted by The Points Guy, the upcoming suspension is believed to be the first time that Air Canada has not flown to the U.S. since at least 1941.

Over the past month, Air Canada said it has reduced its schedule by 90 percent due to COVID-19.

There are more than 39,400 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canada and at least 1,915 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that Canada was likely to remain in lockdown for several more weeks until the virus stopped spreading.

“I know people are interested in when things will go back to normal. The reality is, it’s going to be weeks still,” Trudeau announced last week, according to The Guardian. “It is going to be important to get our economy going – but we’re going to have to remain vigilant until such a time as a vaccine is found.”

In Canada, people are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in an unusual (albeit stereotypically Canadian) way. After the country’s health minister announced that the perfect measure for social distancing was about the length of a hockey stick, Canadians have been using hockey sticks to pay for food and gas — and even conduct TV interviews.

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