Air Transat is again.
After a 112-day shutdown attributable to the coronavirus pandemic, the Montreal-based leisure service was scheduled to renew operations Thursday, beginning with a 6 p.m. flight from Toronto’s Pearson Airport to Trudeau airport in Montreal. Air Transat was to function 5 different flights Thursday, together with three to Europe: London, Paris and Toulouse, France.
A diminished summer season schedule, together with 20 locations such because the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, is slated to be absolutely lively by Aug. 2.
“The whole Transat staff, beginning with our on-duty flight crews, may be very happy to return to motion and to supply our passengers a restyled expertise tailored to the state of affairs,” chief working officer Annick Guérard stated in a press release. “The skies are slowly clearing and that’s encouraging, but it surely on no account implies that the disaster attributable to COVID-19 is over.”
Whereas it’s too early to reveal bookings and cargo elements, “curiosity in air journey is slowly coming again,” Christophe Hennebelle, vice-president of company affairs at father or mother Transat A.T., stated Thursday. “There are nonetheless fears, clearly, but it surely appears like individuals are starting to need to get away.”
Like different world airways, Air Transat has adopted a collection of well being and security measures for passengers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It has additionally put collectively an internet information that features the necessities of vacation spot international locations and airports.
Quarantine necessities for all travellers returning to Canada are placing a damper on demand, Hennebelle stated. Transat is hoping the federal authorities will loosen restrictions within the face of repeated requests from international airways and governments searching for reciprocity.
Earlier this month, Air Transat took supply of three new Airbus A321neoLR plane that may type the core of its rejuvenated fleet. The brand new jets will exchange older Airbus A310 and A330 plane, providing prolonged vary and improved gasoline effectivity.
Father or mother Transat is within the technique of being acquired by Air Canada underneath an settlement introduced final yr. The deal continues to be awaiting regulatory approval in Canada and Europe, and there’s nothing new to report on the transaction for now, Hennebelle stated.
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