(Calgary) WestJet Airlines announced Wednesday that it is suspending operations in four cities in Atlantic Canada and discontinuing services elsewhere in the region as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the airline industry.
Posted Oct 14, 2020 at 9:24 am
WestJet has indicated that it will indefinitely suspend its routes to Moncton and Fredericton in New Brunswick, Sydney in Nova Scotia and Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island. service to Halifax and St. John & # 39; s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The airline also suspends flights between Toronto and Quebec.
From November 2, more than 100 flights per week will be eliminated. WestJet & # 39; s Atlantic seating capacity will also be reduced by nearly 80%, the company said.
"The lack of demand for these trips, coupled with the quarantines, unfortunately means that we can no longer maintain our entire Canadian network of services," Ed Sims, the carrier's CEO, said in a message. video.
"Since the start of the pandemic, we have made efforts to maintain essential air services to all our airports across the country, but […] have been forced to suspend service in the region in the absence of specific industry support
The airline also said on Wednesday that it would lay off 100 business and operations support workers, in addition to the 4,000 employees it has laid off since March. 19659004] In 2019, WestJet transported an average of more than two million passengers per month. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, it has carried a total of just over a million passengers, about 7% of the number of passengers it traveled in that time normally.
More than 70% of the carrier's fleet remains grounded.
The four Atlantic provinces continue to apply a travel "bubble" that imposes a two week quarantine on those arriving from outside the region. Canada, unlike its G7 counterparts, has chosen not to provide tailored financial assistance to the aviation industry, but instead to offer measures such as federal wage subsidies that are available to all industries.