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Air Transat suspends all flights out of Toronto through winter months

Last Updated Jan 28, 2021 at 5:54 am EST

Air Transat and an Air Canada aircrafts are seen on the tarmac at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. European regulatory authorities have resumed their investigation into Air Canada's proposed purchase of Transat AT, giving themselves a few more months to hand down a decision. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Air Transat has suspended all flights from Toronto for the winter season, effective Thursday through Apr. 30.

In a statement, Air Transat says travel restrictions and measures imposed by the federal government, including the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test and to quarantine upon return to Canada, have impacted its operations.

“We must, therefore, revise our winter flight schedule, as we have been doing since the beginning of the pandemic, based on the evolution of the situation and demand. This decision is not connected to the acquisition by Air Canada,” spokeswoman Debbie Cabana told 680 NEWS.

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Air Transat will continue to operate flights from Montreal to six international destinations, such as Cancun (Mexico), Holguin (Cuba), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Punta Cana and Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic), and Paris (France).

Toronto flights will remain suspended in the meantime.

The airline notified travel agents of the cancellations in a memo Wednesday.

The memo obtained by The Canadian Press says passengers who paid for their flight or vacation package with cash or credit card will receive a full refund.

It says passengers currently at their destinations will be rebooked on flights returning to Canada.

With files from The Canadian Press