BUBBLE TROUBLE: WestJet slicing Maritimes service, jobs

WestJet cuts flights to Atlantic Canada

The airline also said Wednesday it will lay off 100 corporate and operational support employees, on top of the 4,000 workers it has laid off since March.

The move will eliminate more than 100 flights each week - or about 80 per cent of the airline's seat capacity in the Atlantic region.

"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 in a statement Ed Sims, WestJet president and CEO.

The Canadian low-priced carrier said it would operate two daily round-trip flights between Halifax and Toronto, nine weekly flights between Halifax and Calgary, and 11 weekly flights between Halifax and St. John's.

WestJet has announced it's suspending flights between Ottawa and Halifax early next month as part of a broad reduction in service to Atlantic Canada.

Alicja Siekierska is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. WestJet has already laid off thousands of its staff since the effect of the pandemic took hold.

The airline industry has been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with travel restrictions dramatically decreasing passenger traffic at airports throughout the world.

The Atlantic provinces will retain three routes Halifax-Toronto, Halifax-Calgary and St. John's-Halifax.

"The lack of travel demand combined with domestic quarantines means that, sadly, we can no longer maintain our full Canadian network of service", Sims said in a video announcing the route suspensions.

Service between Halifax and Toronto will operate with 14 weekly flights.



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