Air Canada is to operate six special flights from
Barcelona, Lima and Quito this week, to enable Canadians stranded
abroad to return home.
The flights, operated in collaboration with the
Canadian Government, are part of Air Canada's ongoing efforts to
"Several hundred Canadians trapped in Peru,
Ecuador and Spain since the imposition of restrictive travel
measures by the authorities will finally be able to return home,"
said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Air Canada. "Air Canada remains fully mobilized dealing with this global health
crisis and we have committed to keep operating internationally, transborder to the U.S. and across Canada to allow people to
return to Canadian soil as quickly as possible and transport
important shipments of goods, including emergency supplies. I
thank all our employees for their ongoing commitment, particularly
our crews which are directly working on these flights, to bring
Canadians home safely."
will operate three flights between Toronto and Lima. The first
departure from Canada scheduled for today, 24 March, will also take back
Peruvians who wish to return home.
Two other special flights from
Lima to Toronto are currently scheduled for 26 and 27 March. The
flights will be operated by a wide-body Boeing 777 aircraft with
Flights from Quito to Toronto
will begin 25 March on a wide-body Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767
with 281 seats.
On 25 March, a flight will
depart Barcelona for Montreal on a wide-body Boeing 787 Dreamliner
with 297 seats.
Canadians abroad must
register with Global Affairs Canada to obtain a seat on one
of these special flights. Travellers are also strongly encouraged
to contact the local Canadian Embassy or
email@example.com if urgent assistance is required.
Despite a substantial reduction in its network,
Air Canada has, over the past week, brought more than 200,000 Canadians back on its scheduled
international and transborder flights.
By the end of March, it
plans to have operated more than 300 flights from international
airports and more than 850 flights from U.S. airports.
has also announced that it intends to maintain a limited number of transborder and international flights from selected Canadian
cities after 1 April 2020 to maintain a number of "air bridges"
to facilitate essential travel and ensure the continued movement
of emergency supplies and other vital goods.