Air Canada’s current year-round flights between Melbourne and Vancouver will operate seasonally this year.
The non-stop flights, which currently operate four times a week, will temporarily stop after May 1 and then resume on November 29 this year, said the airline.
A spokesperson from Air Canada told Business Traveller Asia-Pacific the following in an email: “This change is a result of ongoing operational adjustments we undertake to optimise and balance our fleet with our global schedule. Melbourne remains an important part of our global network and Air Canada is highly committed to this market, our third destination in Australia”.
The airline also said it would rebook any affected passengers through Air Canada’s flights from Sydney or Brisbane, with connecting domestic flights on Virgin Australia or Qantas.
Air Canada currently operates a daily flight from Sydney to Vancouver that departs Sydney Airport at 1215 and arrives at Vancouver International Airport at 0830.
The airline also offers a daily Brisbane-Vancouver service that departs Brisbane Airport at 1020 and arrives at Vancouver International Airport at 0630.
In other news, Air Canada recently said it will temporarily suspend its daily Toronto-Hong Kong flights due to “reduced market demand” from March 1 to March 27, and extend its suspension of flights to Beijing and Shanghai until March 27 in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.