Robert: WestJet suspends flights to a number of cities, reduces operations in St. John’s

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WestJet has announced it will be indefinitely suspending operations to Moncton, FrederictonSydney, Quebec City and Charlottetown, while significantly reducing service to Halifax and St. John’s due to COVID-19’s effect on demand.

The suspension will eliminate more than 100 flights weekly starting November 2nd.

“It has become increasingly unviable to serve these markets,” said WestJet President and CEO, Ed Sims. “Since the pandemic’s beginning, we have worked to keep essential air service to all of our domestic airports, however, demand for travel is being severely limited by restrictive policies and third-party fee increases that have left us out of runway without sector-specific support.”

“We understand this news will be devastating to the communities, our airport partners and the WestJetters who rely on our service,” continued Sims. “While we remain committed to the Atlantic region, it’s impossible to say when there will be a return to service without support for a coordinated domestic approach. Our intent is to return as soon as it becomes economically viable to do so.”

Temporary Route Suspensions:

Route

Planned 2020
Frequency

(Pre-COVID)

Current Frequency

Frequency Effective
Nov. 2, 2020

Halifax – Sydney

1x daily

2x weekly

Suspended

Halifax – Ottawa

1x daily

2x weekly

Suspended

Moncton – Toronto

3x daily

4x weekly

Suspended

Fredericton – Toronto

13x weekly

4x weekly

Suspended

Charlottetown – Toronto

3x weekly

2x weekly

Suspended

St. John’s – Toronto

1x daily

5x weekly

Suspended

Quebec City – Toronto

3x daily

4x weekly

Suspended

 

Planned service in Atlantic Canada as of Nov. 2, 2020:

Route

Frequency Effective Nov. 2, 2020

Halifax – Toronto

2x daily

Halifax – Calgary

9x weekly

Halifax – St. John’s

11x weekly

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