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Air Canada to cancel service to Rio de Janeiro following Olympic Games

 An Air Canada flight makes its final approach as it lands at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2004. .
An Air Canada flight makes its final approach as it lands at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2004. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

MONTREAL – Air Canada is indefinitely suspending service to Rio de Janeiro this fall due to lagging Olympic Games demand and Brazil’s weak economic environment.

The Montreal-based carrier says other airlines are adopting similar changes.

“Service adjustments are part of normal airline schedule planning and the number of flights across our network may vary at certain times of the year due to a number of factors including customer demand and aircraft availability,” said spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur.

Air Canada (TSX:AC) will end its triweekly flights from Toronto in mid-October but will continue to operate daily flights between Toronto and Sao Paulo. In December, it will deploy new Boeing 787 Dreamliners with 251 seats to replace older Boeing 763 planes with 211 seats.

Passengers can also connect to Rio with Brazilian codeshare partners GOL and Avianca Brasil.

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Air Canada launched its new arrangement with Avianca in May to ease travel to the South American country ahead of the Summer Olympics.