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WestJet suspends winter planes to and from Charlottetown

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Key takeaways: 

  • WestJet’s discount airline Swoop will still deliver service; the airport CEO points out.
  • The WestJet area of Charlottetown Airport will be silent again this winter, though its value carrier Swoop will still offer flights.

The Calgary-based firm has declared that WestJet will not fly out of Charlottetown this winter.

The airline presently has a daily plane to and from Toronto and planned three flights a week this winter, but all service will end on November 15. Westjet will also not present winter flights out of Fredericton, Sydney, N.S., and Quebec City.

WestJet’s discount airline, Swoop, will persist in offering service through the winter.

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The Calgary-based firm has declared that WestJet will not fly out of Charlottetown this winter

“It’s clearly not the word we wanted to hear, but at least they are keeping Swoop here this winter with three planes per week to Toronto, equivalent to what WestJet would usually do that time of year,” said Charlottetown Airport CEO Doug Newson. “Not the same outcome, but good to have the seating capacity to Toronto.”

In a press release, the airline said the changes are part of a change in strategic emphasis to focus more resources in western Canada.

“We are launching these strategic changes responsibly, and it was necessary to give our guests and the communities as much advance notice as possible,” stated John Weatherill, WestJet’s chief commercial officer.

Source – CBC News

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