Canada emergency plan causes surge in air travel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Canadian authorities are overseeing a series of tanker and helicopter rescues. Air Canada and WestJet Airlines are to cut their fares as they compete in the aftermath of…

Canada emergency plan causes surge in air travel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Canadian authorities are overseeing a series of tanker and helicopter rescues.

Air Canada and WestJet Airlines are to cut their fares as they compete in the aftermath of the international emergency aid plan that caused the worst international aircrisis in a generation.

The sudden spike in demand after Canada’s southern neighbour declared a public health emergency has affected traffic – and potential profits – on its airlines.

To counter that they will be offering lower fares.

On the campaign trail, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a vow to “support” the airlines by ensuring planes carry more passengers at this particular time.

He said he expected the ongoing crisis to lead to “some price pressure” but emphasised that authorities are now taking a number of measures to increase capacity for those who wish to fly.

Visa charges will be withdrawn

The demonstrations led to the cancellation of flights in several Canadian cities and led the airline to issue yet another apology and cap all charges for international visas at $30 (£20).

Last week, both airlines admitted they’d underestimated the demand for seats. Flights this weekend can still be booked and will be taking off, but with increased demand.

Flights to Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich and the Canary Islands are all taking off this weekend, with some connecting at Toronto.

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