Air Canada Rouge on 2 November flew passengers from Toronto to Cancun, Mexico, marking the first time it has operated since the start of the coronavirus pandemic travel downturn in March.

The low-cost leisure subsidiary of Air Canada is scheduled to fly only 4% of its schedule in November compared with that month in 2019, Cirium schedules data shows.

Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321

Source: Air Canada

Air Canada vice-president of network planning Mark Galardo says that “as leisure traffic resumes we will progressively add Air Canada Rouge to select North American leisure markets from Eastern Canada”.

Travel on the Montreal-based mainline’s routes remains limited by quarantine restrictions in other countries and for travel between provinces in Canada. Ottawa has begun to partner with the government of Alberta on a joint initiative to test international and transborder travellers arriving in that province to provide a safe means to bypass quarantine restrictions.

Air Canada reports its earnings results for the third quarter on 9 November.