October 5, 2022

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Air Canada puts all Rouge flights on hiatus



a large air plane flying in the sky: About 80 people will be temporarily laid off as a result of Air Canada's move to suspend all Rouge flights.


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About 80 folks will be quickly laid off as a end result of Air Canada’s transfer to suspend all Rouge flights.

Air Canada is putting all Rouge flights on maintain as a end result of new vacation policies introduced in by the authorities previous week to scale again non-necessary vacation even more.

The regulations specific flights to sunlight places in the Caribbean, and most Air Canada flights to that space are operated by Rouge.

“As a final result of our suspension of all flights to the Caribbean and Mexico at the ask for of the Canadian authorities, we are yet again pausing our Rouge operations efficient Feb. 8 as these flights are mostly operated by Rouge,” the airline informed CBC Information in a statement late Wednesday.

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The very last Rouge flight is scheduled to operate on Feb. 8. After that, there will be no even more Rouge flights anywhere until even more discover.

The airline said the decision will suggest that about 80 individuals will be placed on short-term layoff.

“Rouge remains a component of Air Canada’s total enterprise technique,” the airline stated.

Prof. Fred Lazar of the Schulich University of Business enterprise at York College in Toronto claimed the shift is just yet another body blow to an airline market that are unable to afford to pay for it.

“I am not astonished, but upset,” he stated of the news in an job interview. 

“There is practically no put they can journey these days,” Lazar explained, because authorities rules have systematically reined in each and every way the airways have arrive up with to remain in enterprise by way of the pandemic.

He said travel is getting unfairly focused as a way of deflecting interest from Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which is guiding program and properly behind the speed of other nations.

Managing out of choices

“There is no true logic to what they are executing,” he stated. “They are executing it to cater to the vast bulk of Canadians that have a holier than thou attitude toward vacation.”

Although the airline pressured that suspension is only short-term, Lazar said the sector is running out of alternatives.

“The only hope is the European market opens up by the spring. Or else they’re out of operation quite much for the relaxation of the calendar year,” he mentioned.

“I’m unhappy that they have to lose their careers all over again due to the fact of the policies launched by the federal government.”