WestJet Suspends Service to Four Cities in Atlantic Canada

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 18, 2020

WestJet says it is indefinitely suspending operations to Moncton, N.B, Fredericton, Sydney, N.S., and Charlottetown, while significantly reducing service to Halifax and St. John's, N.L.

Bell adds WestJet will continue to evaluate operations in Halifax and St. John's to determine how employees will be affected by a reduction in services in those communities. The suspensions, which also include discontinued service to Quebec City, take effect on November 2 and will result in the elimination of 100 flights per week.

Elimination of more than 100 weekly flights or nearly 80 percent of seat capacity from the Atlantic region. The airline sector has been further damaged, he said, by a lack of targeted government support.

Prior to Wednesday's announcement, WestJet was reportedly the only Canadian airline still retaining 100 per cent of its pre-pandemic domestic flight network. "Over the last eight months, we are beginning to see these efforts unravel". Since March, the company has flown approximately one million passengers in total.

Halifax seat capacity will be reduced by 70 per cent year over year.

Sims said the demand issues have been exacerbated by rising fees at five airports in Atlantic Canada.

"Price increases that make air travel even more expensive are not what the travelling public needs or can even afford right now", Sims said.

All operations at airports in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Sydney, Nova Scotia, are suspended for what WestJet termed to be a "temporary closure" according to a news release. Almost half of those suspended routes serviced Atlantic provinces.

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