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WestJet cutting 100 flights to Atlantic Canada

BY , Oct 14, 2020 9:32 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

A Westjet Boeing 737-800, left, taxis past an Air Canada Rouge Airbus A319 at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Monday, April 28, 2014.THE CANADIAN PRESS-Darryl Dyck

WestJet's CEO says the lack of travel demand combined with domestic quarantines means the airline can no longer maintain its full Canadian network.

In a video post, Ed Sims says WestJet is, ``out of runway,'' and is suspending operations to four cities in Atlantic Canada and slashing service to others in the region.

WestJet says it will indefinitely halt routes to Fredericton and Moncton, New Brunswick, Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Charlottetown, while dramatically paring down service to Halifax and St. John's, Newfoundland.

PEI Premier Dennis King is expressing ``deep disappointment'' that WestJet is indefinitely suspending all flights to Charlottetown next month.

The cuts eliminate more than 100 flights weekly starting November 2nd, and remove nearly 80 per cent of WestJet's seat capacity from the Atlantic region.

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