Rouge has resumed its flights

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 After a complete shutdown of more than six months, Rouge is back in service with a first flight from Toronto. This morning, flight AC1810 departed Toronto for Cancun, Mexico, the aircraft was an A321.

This fall, Rouge is relaunching some of its flights in the eastern part of the country to leisure destinations. Before the pandemic, Rouge operated a fleet of 64 aircraft including 25 B767, 14 A321, 3 A320 and 22 A319. Air Canada’s subsidiary as resumed its flight with a significantly reduced fleet. In fact, only two A321s and one A319 will be used over the next few days. The company will only use A320 Family aircraft. The low-cost carrier has also permanently withdrawn the 25 B767-300ERs.

Air Canada said that it will focus Rouge’s flights on the North American leisure destination market. During the winter period, the company should limit its destination to Florida and Mexico. At the moment, the company does not seem to want to comment on the number of destinations and daily flights.

As winter approaches, demand for sun destinations looks set to pick up; people are fed up with COVID-19 and the price of all-inclusive packages has gone down. More and more citizens are therefore looking for an energising winter getaway to a sunshine destination. The only thing missing is the lifting of the mandatory quarantine so that demand is rising sharply.The Air Canada experience in Toronto as well as that of the Alberta government in Calgary is working. According to Air Canada’s data, when tested at the arrival airport, less than 1% of passengers test positive. It is then possible to follow up on people who test positive to ensure that they quarantine themselves.

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