In the midst of the Omicron wave and a slew of flight cancelations from airlines across the globe, Canadian airline Air Transat is canceling approximately 30% of its flights to winter sun destinations over the next two months.
News of the flight cancelations was released on Thursday, and the airline mentioned Canada’s non-essential international travel warning and the impact of the new variant as the cause of a number of recent cancelations by travelers.
This temporary suspension of certain flights to a number of winter sun destinations is currently set to be in place through February 25, 2022, but Air Transat noted that there’s a possibility of further impending changes to its flight schedule.
What If I Have A Flight Scheduled With Air Transat?
The airline hasn’t yet released a list of which specific vacation destinations will be affected by the cut, but said that all affected travelers will be contacted and given the possibility of a refund or rebooking options for future travel. For Air Transat’s most recent flight schedule, you can check the airline’s website.
Annick Guerard, president and CEO of Air Transat, released this statement following Thursday’s news:
“For the winter, we plan to operate from eight Canadian airports to eight destinations in Europe, 22 in the South and five in the United States, including Miami and Fort Myers, where we’ll be flying for the first time. To do that, we will be deploying capacity that will grow from 50% to 75% of pre-pandemic capacity over the winter. We will then build volume further for the summer season, which will include two new routes to Europe and two new destinations in the United States.”
Announcement Follows Recent Cancelation Of Air Canada Winter Sun Flight Services
Thursday’s announcement follows the news of Air Canada suspending a number of flights to Caribbean destinations from January 24 until April 30 of this year.
The airline cited a “renewed uncertainty” for the industry due to the present Omicron wave and tightening entry restrictions in Canada and other countries around the world. The destinations on the list include the popular vacation spots of Aruba, Havana, Puerto Plata and more.
And just last week, WestJet halted 15% of its scheduled flight services until the end of January. There’s no news yet on whether other Canadian airlines will follow suit.
Air Transat Flexibility And Cancelation Policies – Information For Travelers
According to Air Transat’s most recent flexibility policies, you can change your flight up to 24 hours before scheduled departure. Here are the specifics:
Flights within Canada:
- For travel booked before December 1, 2021, you can change your travel dates and/or destination with a zero change fee up to 24 hours prior to departure. Eco Flex and Club Flex fares can be canceled free of charge. Those with Eco Budget, Eco Standard and Club Standard fares will receive a future travel credit.
- For travel booked on or after December 1, 2021, all Economy/Club Class fares can be changed (date and/or destination) at no cost up to 24 hours prior to departure. Please note that any differences in flight prices will have to be paid by the traveler.
Flights to International destinations from Canada:
- All flights booked before December 16, 2021 come with a zero change fee if the travel dates and/or destination is changed up to 24 hours before departure. Cancelation can also be made up to 24 hours of departure at no cost.
- For flights booked on or after December 16, 2021, travel destination/dates can be changed for free up to 24 hours of departure. Certain cancelation policies apply to all Economy and Club Class fares depending on the destination. You can see the full details here.
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