Air Canada service to Sydney, N.S., cut until at least April 30 amid coronavirus pandemic

The tail of the newly revealed Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft is seen at a hangar at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, February 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Air Canada has cancelled its service to Sydney, N.S., as it deals with the economic reality of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The company announced earlier this week that it will be laying off more than 16,000 employees — 15,200 unionized workers and 1,300 managers — through April and May as a result of drastically reduced flight capacity.

The Sydney Airport says the decision will affect it as well.

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Air Canada’s service from Halifax and Toronto to Sydney will be suspended until April 30, with the possibility that the route reductions may extend into May.

The changes come into effect on Thursday.

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If you had travel plans to Sydney this month the airport is asking individuals to contact Air Canada for assistance.

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