CALGARY – BUSINESS – WestJet announced it will be indefinitely suspending operations to Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney and Charlottetown while significantly reducing service to Halifax and St. John’s.
“It has become unviable to serve these markets and these decisions were regrettably inevitable as demand is being obliterated by the Atlantic bubble and third-party fee increases,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “Since the pandemic’s beginning, we have worked to keep essential air service to all of our domestic airports, but we are out of runway and have been forced to suspend service in the region without sector-specific support.”
The suspension eliminates more than 100 flights weekly or almost 80 percent of seat capacity from the Atlantic region starting November 2, 2020.
“We understand this is devastating news to the communities, our airport partners and the WestJetters who rely on our airline, but these suspensions were unavoidable without the prioritization of rapid-testing or support for the introduction of a safe Canadian bubble,” continued Sims. “We remain committed to the Atlantic region and it is our intent to resume operations as soon as it becomes economically viable to do so.”
Atlantic Canada suspensions by the numbers
- Elimination of more than 100 weekly flights or almost 80 percent of seat capacity from the Atlantic region.
- Temporary closure and service to four Atlantic stations (Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton and Sydney).
- Halifax seat capacity will be reduced by 70 per cent year over year.
- The Atlantic provinces will retain three routes Halifax–Toronto, Halifax–Calgary and St. John’s–Halifax.
- Service between Halifax and Toronto will operate with 14 weekly flights.
- Service between Halifax and St. John’s will remain with 11 weekly flights.
- Service between Halifax and Calgary will remain with nine weekly flights.