The airline’s last flight to Rome is scheduled to take off from Toronto Tuesday, with the final return flight departing Rome for Montreal on Wednesday.
Air Canada says it to restart service May 1. Meanwhile, it says affected customers will be notified and offered full refunds.
In January, Canada’s largest airline halted all direct flights to China — the epicentre of the virus — as it braced for a hit to revenues.
The airline’s shares have fallen about 40 per cent in the past seven weeks.
The COVID-19 has spelled difficulty for global airlines as companies suspend non-essential business travel and conventions and other events are cancelled amid increasing travel restrictions from governments.
Federal health minister Patty Hajdu said on Tuesday she views Air Canada’s decision as “more of a fiscal one” due to travel plan cancellations.
“My understanding is given the sales are declining to that particular region, this was a practical financial decision,” she said.
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— With a file by Global News staff