The prices of a single seat on Air Canada flights to Istanbul, Canada, have skyrocketed.
The airline says the increased cost of travel has forced some passengers to cancel their flights.
The cost of a roundtrip ticket on Air Canadian from Toronto to Istanbul on Thursday jumped by $3.50 to $4.70, and to $5.50 from $6.50.
The cheapest seats were available for $4, the airline says.
A cabin was also on Air Calgary flight from Edmonton to Istanbul at $8.90.
Air Canada says some passengers who booked cabin tickets on Air China flights have found themselves unable to fly on the other airlines.
The Air Canada spokesperson said there are currently no refunds available.
There are also concerns that the increase in ticket prices could affect travellers who have already booked flights.
“If you’re a single, single, young family member or senior citizen, or if you’ve had a family emergency, we want you to know you are not going to have to pay higher prices,” said Air Canada spokesman Kevin Wouters.
Wouters said Air China will refund the cost of flights booked between May 27 and July 30 if there are enough seats available to meet the demand.
“We’ll refund any seats that are not used,” he said.
On Friday, the Air China spokesperson said seats on the airline’s domestic and international routes are sold out and that the airline is working to get more seats on those routes.
Air Canada is currently flying to Istanbul from Toronto.