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Air Canada temporarily stops flights to U.S. due to coronavirus

Last Updated Apr 21, 2020 at 10:57 am PST

The Air Canada is seen on an aircraft at a hangar at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., February 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Air Canada says it will cancel all flights to the U.S. after Ottawa extended its border closure with the United States by 30 days.

The country’s largest airline says scheduled service south of the border will be suspended from April 27 to May 22.

The Montreal-based company is waiving flight-change fees for affected customers.

Since mid-March, Air Canada has cut its capacity by more than 90 per cent, cancelling thousands of flights as borders closed and travel demand fell off a cliff.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that Canada would continue to restrict non-essential travel across the border.

The border was originally closed on March 21 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.