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Air Canada escalated a fight with the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the country’s stringent travel rules, threatening to suspend more routes and cancel orders of locally made planes.  Chief Executive Officer Calin Rovinescu lambasted the government during the airline’s second-quarter earnings call July 31, 2020, saying that current restrictions—especially a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers coming into Canada, regardless of origin—are preventing a recovery. Among top global competitors, Air Canada is at an additional disadvantage because the government opted against airline-specific financial aid, he said.  “Without government industry support and as travel restrictions are extended, we’ll look at other opportunities to further reduce costs and capital, including further route suspensions and possible cancellations of Boeing and Airbus aircraft on order,” Rovinescu said.

Air Canada rips Trudeau over rules, may cancel plane orders, July 31, 2020, www.ajot.com