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Canada's six NHL teams are scrambling to find alternative travel arrangements south of the border after the U. S. Department of Transportation banned Air Canada's charter fleet from flying between U.S cities.
In a furious exchange with the Obama administration over the mid-August ruling, Canada has launched its own investigation and will soon close its skies to U. S. sports team charters in retaliation, warns Transport Minister John Baird.
The sticking point is an eight-year-old exemption that had allowed sports and celebrity charters to make several pit stops in American cities. Under existing open skies agreements, regular Canadian airline flights can only visit one U. S. city before returning.
Transport - Delta Air Lines Inc. and the other big U.S. carriers are poised to make more cuts in available seats as the summer travel season ends this weekend, capping the industry's deepest retrenchment since the second world war.
Capacity at the six largest carriers, led by Delta, will shrink 6.8 per cent by year's end from 2008 levels, according to data compiled by flight information firm OAG Aviation Solutions for Bloomberg. That's equal to erasing the domestic network of US Airways Group Inc., the no. 6 U.S. airline by traffic.