All Air India flights to Canada have been cancelled until 21 May after the restrictions announced by the Regulatory Authority of Canada amid an alarming spike in Covid-19 cases.
“In view of the restrictions announced by Regulatory Authority of Canada, flights to Vancouver and Toronto are cancelled: for Vancouver – April 25 to May 2, Toronto April 24 to May 22,” Air India said on Twitter
Air India will soon update the passengers regarding rescheduling, refunds and waivers.
The development came soon after Canada on Thursday said it is banning all flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days.
Canadian Health minister Patty Hajdu said half the people who are testing positive for the coronavirus after arriving in Canada by airplane came from India. Flights from India account for about one-fifth of the country’s air traffic.
There’s also a disproportionately higher number of positive cases among those travelling on flights from Pakistan, she said.
“It makes sense to pause travel from that region while our scientists and researchers better understand the variants of interest,” Hajdu said.