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An Air Canada check-in area is shown at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Air Canada says it is bolstering its summer schedule, which nonetheless remains more than 50 per cent smaller than last year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pound the airline industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

44% fewer passengers flew on Canadian airlines in March 2020 than in 2019

COVID-19 pandemic has hit airlines hard as travel remains low

An Air Canada check-in area is shown at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Air Canada says it is bolstering its summer schedule, which nonetheless remains more than 50 per cent smaller than last year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pound the airline industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Canadians’ frustration mounts over lack of refunds for flights cancelled during pandemic

Canadians’ frustration mounts over lack of refunds for flights cancelled during pandemic

A trio of petitions with more than 77,000 signatures are calling for full refunds to be implemented

Canadians’ frustration mounts over lack of refunds for flights cancelled during pandemic
Flair Airlines CEO Jim Scott is pictured at the Edmonton International Airport, in Edmonton on Thursday March 5, 2020. As the federal government gears up to roll out relief measures for hard-hit industries, smaller airlines worry they’ll be left out of the largesse. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Struggling smaller airlines worry federal aid may come too late, if at all

Small carriers worry they may not qualify for the recently announced bailout

Flair Airlines CEO Jim Scott is pictured at the Edmonton International Airport, in Edmonton on Thursday March 5, 2020. As the federal government gears up to roll out relief measures for hard-hit industries, smaller airlines worry they’ll be left out of the largesse. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
An empty Air Canada check-in counter is seen at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Air Canada reports $1.05B first-quarter loss due to impact of COVID-19 pandemic

The airline has reduced its second quarter capacity by 85 to 90 per cent

An empty Air Canada check-in counter is seen at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
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WestJet lays off nearly 7,000 employees, cutting staff in half amid COVID-19 crisis

Calgary-based company the latest airline to be hit by layoffs

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Air Canada is laying off more than 5,000 flight attendants. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Thousands laid off as airlines struggle with COVID-19 cancellations, travel bans

Some airlines say they will hire back workers after the crisis subsides

Air Canada is laying off more than 5,000 flight attendants. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A popular shopping square in Marrakesh, Morocco is empty as of Monday due to COVID-19 fears. Kathleen McCann says it would normally be packed with tourists. (Courtesy of Kathleen McCann)

B.C. couple anxiously awaits flight home after spending $15K to get home from Morocco

The pair hope to fly to Victoria via Paris and Toronto after leaving Casablanca Thursday

A popular shopping square in Marrakesh, Morocco is empty as of Monday due to COVID-19 fears. Kathleen McCann says it would normally be packed with tourists. (Courtesy of Kathleen McCann)
Flair Airlines CEO Jim Scott pictured at the Edmonton International Airport, in Edmonton Alta, on Thursday March 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Canada’s airline duopoly leaves low-cost carriers and flyers feeling shut out

Canada has just three low-cost carriers: Flair, Swoop and Sunwing

Flair Airlines CEO Jim Scott pictured at the Edmonton International Airport, in Edmonton Alta, on Thursday March 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A Japanese chartered plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan, China, is parked after landing at Haneda international airport in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

More airlines, including Air Canada, drop flights to China as virus spreads

Several airlines have halted flights to nation where virus has killed more than 130 people

A Japanese chartered plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan, China, is parked after landing at Haneda international airport in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)