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  • Air Canada Re-Hiring 16,500 Workers; Transat Hopes It Can Do the Same

    Air Canada is re-hiring workers who were recently let go because of COVID-19, while Transat says it hopes it can do the same thing. In an email to TravelPulse Canada Wednesday afternoon, Air Transat’s Christophe Hennebelle said that Transat “hopes to be able to use it to recall all of its employees and avoid other furloughs.” “We are presently studying available information and are impatiently awaiting details of the draft legislation, which has not yet been tabled, to confirm that…

  • Marriott updates cancellation policy to woo travellers

    Marriott International has updated its cancellation policy as it seeks to encourage travellers into booking hotel rooms once the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is past.  For guests with existing reservations for any future arrival date, the company will allow full changes or cancellation without a charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival. Any change or cancellation must be made by June 30th. The policy also includes reservations with pre-paid rates that are typically more restrictive. For guests making…

  • Tories ask Liberals for plan for extra help for tourism and hospitality sectors

    OTTAWA — The Opposition Conservatives are calling on the Trudeau Liberals to come up with a plan specifically to help the nation’s restaurant, hospitality and tourism sectors. Many of them were either among the first to close due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, or have seen dramatic declines in business as consumer spending drops. A handful of Conservative critics say in a statement this morning that the government must give these businesses the tools to open their doors…

  • Chateau Laurier set to close amid dire circumstances for hotel industry

    One of Ottawa’s most recognizable landmarks is temporarily closing its doors at noon on Saturday in an effort to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Chateau Laurier hotel said Friday it’s shutting down all of its operations until at least the beginning of April. Chateau Laurier spokesperson Deneen Perrin said that with the number of cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise and public health officials urging people not to travel and maintain a strict policy of social…

  • Air Canada pulls out of Gander, Deer Lake, Wabush, Goose Bay as pandemic worsens

    ‘There’s a good reason that no people are flying’   Air Canada is planning to suspend all of its flights to Gander, Deer Lake, Wabush and Happy Valley-Goose Bay in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an update posted on the airline’s website. A route update shows that operations at three of those airports will be temporarily suspended from April 6 until June 1, while the Deer Lake suspension is currently scheduled until May 18. The Gander International Airport Authority shared…

  • Only 9 passenger airlines expected to operate at Pearson as airport asks for government support

    Canada’s largest airport only has nine passenger airlines operating this week, compared to 67 three weeks ago, and it’s asking for more federal assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which operates and maintains Toronto Pearson under a ground lease arrangement with the Government of Canada, it “continues to work to ensure safe operations and to support the national economy through cargo operations.” In recent weeks, passenger airlines have begun to use their aircraft…

  • Air Canada to reduce workforce by 16,500 as it parks planes during COVID-19

    Executive salaries to be cut and programs instituted to shore up coffers Air Canada will send home 15,200 unionized employees and 1,300 managers due to the “unpredictable extent and duration” of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada’s largest airline announced Monday it will place the unionized members on off-duty status and furlough the managers as it reduces capacity by about 85 to 90 per cent from April through June. It intends for the cuts, which will come into effect on or about…

  • WestJet adds more Canada-bound repatriation flights

    TORONTO — WestJet is adding two more repatriation flights in an effort to bring home nearly 350 Canadians home from San Salvador and Port of Spain. Both flights are due to return over the next few days. This weekend, WestJet will be bringing home 346 Canadians from two other repatriation flights from Havana, Cuba and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Toronto. In just over a week, from March 17 to March 25, the WestJet group of companies, including…

  • Diving Deeper: AGM Developments In The Context Of COVID-19

    Fasken recently published two articles (on March 12 and March 13, 2020) relating to alternatives to in-person annual shareholders’ meetings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the rapidly evolving circumstances and the ongoing proxy season, we have detailed recent developments and trends in the area in order to provide a road-map to corporations navigating this process. Recent Trends In the week since our last bulletin, the following developments and trends have emerged: Relaxed regulatory requirements: In response to COVID-19, on…

  • Tourism Industry Applauds Trudeau Offer for Small and Medium-Sized Business

    Press Release: The federal government’s announcement of help for small and medium-sized buisnesses was hailed by tourism officials as a great step forward. The Canadian government is helping small to medium-sized businesses by covering 75% of wages for qualifying companies during the COVID-19 crisis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday. The move was quickly hailed by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. Later in the day, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said more details of government aid for industries hit…

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