Travel industry braces for busy winter season as Canadian travellers ready for sun

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MONTREAL — Travel agents predict a busy season ahead, saying Canadians are ready to visit top sun destinations after two winters of COVID-19 restrictions kept many at home.

While airfares have so far remained steady, experts predict a price spike for fall and winter flights as demand returns.

They say that demand could spike further if remaining COVID-19 restrictions such as vaccine mandates are lifted, encouraging travellers who were previously hesitant to fly due to the restrictions.

Flight disruptions and wider airport chaos this summer were often chalked up to staffing shortages everywhere from border guards to flight attendants, though airlines say they have worked to attract and retain more staff to meet future travel demands.

It's harder to plan for a surge in passengers since the pandemic began, experts say, because there's a higher proportion of last-minute travel than the industry is used to.

Without the usual six-month lead time, it is more challenging to bring on additional staff when needed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2022.

The Canadian Press