air canada: Ukraine crisis: After United, now Air Canada is also suspending nonstop India’s west coast in North America
Air Canada announces that it will temporarily suspend nonstop Vancouver-Delhi services from June 2 to early September for the time being. Previously, United suspended its Delhi-San Francisco and Mumbai-Newark routes for the same reason.
Air Canada states that “the route (Vancouver-Delhi) is operationally limited due to extended flight times and a required refueling stop due to current flight paths taken to bypass Russian and Ukrainian airspace. . South Asian summer winds and weather are expected to exacerbate these stresses, rendering the route unviable during this period.
Affected customers on Air Canada flights from Vancouver to Delhi from June 2 to September 6 (June 4 to September 8 from Delhi to Vancouver) will be automatically rescheduled on alternative flights to final destinations at no additional cost.
“During this period, Air Canada will continue to operate up to 11 weekly flights between Canada and India from its gateways in Toronto (daily) and Montreal (up to four times per week) as these routes use different flight paths,” Air Canada said.
The airline says it “remains committed to the Indian market and will resume flights on the non-stop Vancouver route from September 6 from Vancouver and September 8 from Delhi. Air Canada continues to monitor very closely the global situation and may re-establish its Vancouver-Delhi service sooner if conditions permit.”
Western airlines have to make much longer detours because they do not fly over Russian airspace. The long journeys come at a time when the price of jet fuel is at its highest level in 14 years.