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  • Transat confirms the temporary layoff of 70% of its staff – Repatriation operations to end April 1

    Press Release MONTREAL, March 23, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Transat A.T. Inc. announces that it has temporarily laid off about 70% of its workforce in Canada. The final Air Transat flight prior to the full suspension of its operations is scheduled for April 1. On March 18, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Transat announced the gradual temporary halting of all its flights until April 30. Operations are being stopped gradually in order to enable Transat to repatriate as many of its customers as possible to…

  • Sudbury closing public facilities and suspending programs to limit virus spread

    SUDBURY — The City of Greater Sudbury and Public Health Sudbury and Districts held a joint news conference late Monday afternoon to provide a COVID-19 update. Mayor Brian Bigger, joined by Sudbury & Districts Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Chief Administrative Officer Ed Archer and Chief of Fire and Paramedic Services General Manager Joseph Nicholls delivered the news via live-stream. Nicholls opened the news conference by thanking Sudbury first responders. Dr. Penny Sutcliffe spoke next to provide an overview…

  • Westjet suspending international and transborder flights for 30 days

    WestJet says it is suspending all commercial international and transborder flights for a 30-day period to help control the spread of COVID-19, effective March 23. The Calgary-based airline says it will be operating rescue and repatriation flights in partnership with the Canadian government. The company’s CEO made the announcement on the airline’s website late Monday night. In addition to stopping the international flights, they will be reducing their domestic schedule by approximately 50 per cent, Sims said. Source: Toronto CityNews

  • Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing have updated information in wake of advisory

    TORONTO — It was a gruelling weekend for travel agents and suppliers. A number of airlines and tour operators have updates in the wake of the federal government’s global travel advisory, announced Friday, warning Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada, a warning that set off an unprecedented wave of rebookings and cancellations. Sunwing notes that the federal government has given assurances that flights arriving back to Canada from sun destinations including those in the Caribbean and Mexico…

  • Air Canada Suspends Italy Service Until May 1

    Following changes in Italian government regulations that pretty much lock down the country – as well as ongoing health and safety concerns – Air Canada has suspended service between Canada and Italy 11. A spokesperson for Air Canada told PressToday that, “Our last flight to Rome will depart Toronto on the evening of March 10 and the last flight returning from Rome will be March 11 to Montreal. We continue to monitor this situation and evaluate conditions prior to resuming…

  • Sunwing focuses on repatriation with 100K passengers in destination

    TORONTO — Sunwing is letting passengers and agents know that all southbound flights March 17 – April 9 are cancelled and that it is shifting its focus to repatriation flights as it works to bring Canadians home amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sunwing currently has some 100,000 passengers in destination. The first four rescue flights, three from Toronto and one from Montreal, flew home 500+ Canadians from vacation destinations in Honduras, Aruba, Panama and St. Maarten yesterday. All of these countries…

  • Air Canada teams with PayPal for new online payment option

    MONTREAL — Air Canada passengers booking online at aircanada.com in Canada can now use PayPal as a payment option. Customers can pay for their flights with their preferred payment method – bank account, credit cards or Visa Debit card – linked to their PayPal account. “Air Canada’s strategy is to continually provide customers the opportunity to make their purchase using their preferred method of payment,” said Keith Wallis, Senior Director, Payments and Distribution, at Air Canada. “We are therefore pleased…

  • Discover the World tapped to represent CGH Earth Hotels in Canada

    TORONTO — Discover the World has expanded its travel representation agreement with CGH Earth Hotels to include the Canadian market. CGH Earth Hotels is an early pioneer in the low-impact tourism sector. CGH stands for ‘Clean, Green and Healthy’. The company has stepped up its partnership with Discover the World as it looks to expand awareness of its family-owned hotels and health resort clinics, which offer inspiring travel experiences in Southern India. See the full article at travelweek.ca

  • The importance of travel security for employees going abroad

    Employers should have proper contingency plans in place (CP) — Barely a month into the year 2020 and it seems like the world is becoming a more dangerous place than ever before. Recent emergencies like the uncontrollable Australian wildfires, increased Middle East tensions between the United States and Iran and the current coronavirus outbreak can make travelling for the average person a nerve-racking and potentially dangerous experience. Yet with the proliferation of globalization and trade agreements between countries, businesses commonly…

  • Marriott Canada sees uptick in select service deals

    From left: Paul Loehr, Ryan McRea and Aaron Laurie. By Colleen Isherwood  MISSISSAUGA — Marriott opened 23 hotels in Canada in 2019 under the following brands: Four Points (4), Residence Inn (4), TownePlace Suites (4), Fairfield (2), Courtyard (2), Element (1), Delta Hotels (4), JW Marriott (1) and Westin (1). The company currently has 250 hotels open in Canada. Here’s a look at some of the most active brands. Delta: Marriott has been dramatically growing Delta Hotels since it took…

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