WestJet to suspend Ottawa-Halifax flights

WestJet Boeing 737-700

The suspension eliminates more than 100 flights weekly or nearly 80 per cent of seat capacity from the Atlantic region starting November 2 and also suspends operations to Quebec City, with the removal of Toronto service.

"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", WestJet chief executive Ed Sims said in a statement.

WestJet said Wednesday it will indefinitely suspend flights to Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney and Charlottetown, and significantly reduce service to Halifax and St. John's, Nfld.

Canada's second largest airline announced Wednesday that it's slashing service to Eastern Canada due to declining revenues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alicja Siekierska is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada.

The four Atlantic provinces continue to enforce a travel "bubble" that requires a two-week quarantine for those arriving from outside the region. WestJet has already laid off thousands of its staff since the global pandemic took hold. Since March, the company has flown approximately one million passengers in total.

More than 70 per cent of the carrier's fleet remains grounded.

All operations at airports in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Sydney, Nova Scotia, are suspended for what WestJet termed to be a "temporary closure" according to a news release. As of 2019, the airline had added more than 700,000 annual seats to the region since 2015, while creating the opportunity for travel to, from and within the region on 28 routes.



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