WestJet cutting flights to Atlantic Canada

Marco Green
October 17, 2020

WestJet announced drastic cuts to its flight service in Atlantic Canada Wednesday.

The Ottawa-Halifax route, which now has flights twice a week, will be suspended as of November 2.

For now, WestJet is retaining its Halifax-to-Toronto, Halifax-to-Calgary and St. John's-to-Halifax routes.

These changes will eliminate more than 100 flights per week or 80 per cent of seat capacity from the Atlantic region, according to a release from the company.

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.

"We understand this news will be devastating to the communities, our airport partners and the WestJetters who rely on our service", said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO.

The airline industry has been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with travel restrictions dramatically decreasing passenger traffic at airports throughout the world. "Our intent is to return as soon as it becomes economically viable to do so".

Air Canada continues to offer regular service on its Ottawa-Halifax route.

The announcement brings with it 100 additional corporate and operational support layoffs.

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