July 14, 2008

Air Canada Drops Its Lone Palm Springs Flight

By Kimberly Pierceall, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.

Jul. 10--Air Canada will not return to Palm Springs International Airport in the

winter, according to the company. The airline had one daily flight to Calgary and 14,247 passengers in the first four months of the year using a 93-seat Embraer aircraft. It had 12,788 passengers in 2007 out of the total 1.6 million passengers who used the airport.

Other international routes the airline has cancelled include Vancouver to Sacramento and Ottawa to Orlando.

The airline had announced in mid-June that it would cut capacity by 7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009 compared to a year prior and cut 2,000 jobs.

Air Canada blamed the rising cost of jet fuel for its cut backs, "as some flying that may have been profitable a year ago when oil was $63 (a) barrel may no longer be profitable at $130 (a) barrel today," said company spokesman John Reber in an e-mail.


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