WestJet eliminating certain B.C. to Alberta flights amid poor economy

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WestJet announced on Tuesday that they will be eliminating certain flights between B.C. and Alberta amid the continuing economic downturn.

The airline said their service is largely based on supply and demand, and there has been less demand for frequent travel to and from Alberta.

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WestJet declined to be interviewed, but said in a statement this isn’t anything unusual.

We have in the past adjusted service as part of our capacity deployment strategy where many routes are updated to provide the most effective and efficient schedule that meets the needs of our guests. The changes we have made still ensure that our guests have the ability to conveniently connect to the WestJet network,” reads the statement.

The company says they will continue to evaluate the situation an make changes as necessary.

Here are the changed B.C. to Alberta WestJet routes:

Abbotsford to Edmonton

Service from Abbotsford to Edmonton will be reduced as of March 5. WS3125 from Edmonton to Abbotsford and WS3124 from Abbotsford to Edmonton both were removed from the schedule. Weekly service to and from Edmonton will fall from 21 flights to 14.

Kamloops to Edmonton

Daily service for this route will be cancelled as of March 5. Two times daily service from Kamloops to Calgary remains.

Nanaimo to Edmonton

Daily service from Nanaimo to Edmonton will be cancelled as of March 5, but twice daily service to Calgary will remain.

Penticton to Calgary

Flights from Penticton to Calgary will be reduced as of February 15. Service will be reduced from twice daily flights to just three days a week of twice-a-day flights. WS3132 from Penticton to Calgary will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and flight WS3276 from Calgary to Penticton will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Prince George to Calgary

Prince George to Calgary flights will be cancelled as of March 5. Additionally, Prince George to Vancouver flights will be reduced by one flight per day, bringing the total down to four times daily flights.

Terrace to Calgary

Daily flights from Terrace to Calgary will be cancelled as of March 5. Three times daily flights will remain.

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