Over the weekend the United States and Canada decided to keep the US-Canada Border closed for an additional 30 days. The travel restrictions originally took effect March 21, 2020. The partial closure allows for trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. The partial ban was to expire this month, but the US and Canada have decided it is not safe to allow traffic to fully resume. With the continual closure of the border, Air Canada has decided it’s time to stop flying to the United States.
Air Canada will continue to serve destinations in the United States through April 26, 2020 to help people return or travel if necessary. Yet after April 26, 2020, Air Canada will cancel all service to the US through May 21. US Transborder flights will resume May 22, unless the border closure is extended.
Since March 16, Air Canada has reduced its schedule by more than 90%. Following the initial announcement of U.S.-Canada travel restrictions, Air Canada maintained limited service. Air Canada is currently serving only 11 U.S. destinations from three Canadian hubs, primarily to facilitate the repatriation of Canadians. The last scheduled Air Canada flight from the U.S. to Canada will be on April 26.
Air travel demand is changing daily and airlines are doing everything they can to keep up with ever changing government regulations. If you have a trip planned, be sure to check with your airline. The border closure is likely to effect more than just Air Canada flights.