Because of the ongoing uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Air Canada (ADH2) has declared that it will cease select operations to popular holiday destinations from January 24, 2022 until April 30, 2022.
Suspended destinations 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.
Regardless of immunization status, the Canadian government encouraged its people to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada on December 15, 2021.
To ensure that no Canadians are stranded abroad, the airline has announced that it will conduct a number of one-way commercial flights from affected areas to bring customers back to Canada.
This notification from Air Canada (ADH2) came as news broke of a group of ‘partying’ passengers from Canada becoming stranded in Mexico. The group’s Sunwing Airlines charter flight was canceled due to “disruptive behavior” onboard, according to the airline. According to CNN, “no other airline, including Air Canada (ADH2), is willing to carry the group back to Canada.”
In reference to the sun destination flights that have been temporarily suspended, Air Canada (ADH2) has stated that travelers who have been affected by the temporary suspension of the listed destinations will receive a full refund.
“At first glance, 2022 can be mistaken for its predecessor. Omicron ushered in a wave of renewed uncertainty that coincided with the holidays and impacted our industry yet again,” VP Air Canada Vacations Nino Montagnese said.
“But unlike the heavy restrictions that kicked off 2021, this setback is a molehill, not a mountain. And this year is nothing like the last. We’re stronger, wiser and well-prepared to manage the potential effects of COVID-19.”
Many North American airlines have had a bumpy start to the year, with growing COVID cases putting a strain on crew resources and weather complicating already overburdened operations. As a result, many airlines have canceled flights in January and over the Christmas season.