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    Default WestJet cutting back on Alberta flights in a bid to reverse first loss in 13 years

    New Article: Edmonton Journal 22 August 2018
    "WestJet cutting back on Alberta flights in a bid to reverse first loss in 13 years

    Calgary — WestJet Airlines is cutting back on flights in Alberta and across Canada as it reduces capacity to meet consumer demand while also trying to reverse its first quarterly loss in 13 years.

    It will cut back on flights between Vancouver and Edmonton and Calgary, between Calgary and Denver, between Edmonton and Phoenix along with between Winnipeg and Palm Springs, Calif.

    The Calgary-based airline said it is cancelling service between Montreal and Quebec City effective Oct. 28, more than a year after they started to great fanfare.

    Other changes include reducing service between Toronto and Los Angeles, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Winnipeg, Phoenix, Ariz., Aruba, Belize, Huatulco and Liberia.

    Canada’s second-largest airline made a big splash in February of 2017 when it announced that it would take on Air Canada on its home turf in Quebec by pursuing one of the largest expansions in the airline’s history after beefing up its service in French.

    It claimed to be in a position to grow its reach in Canada’s second-largest province by population after requiring that all flight attendants hired since 2014 be bilingual.

    The airline, which has operated in Quebec since 2003, made its push by adding daily flights between Montreal and Quebec City, Halifax and Boston using 70-seat Bombardier Q-400s.

    WestJet is “responsibly” reducing network capacity by almost six percentage points as it looks to reduce costs and improve profitability, spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said Wednesday.

    “We had anticipated stronger demand on Quebec City/Montreal route that did not materialize and as such, the decision was made to discontinue this route,” she wrote in an email.

    WestJet has said the introduction of low fares and competition to markets serviced primarily by Air Canada would prompt more people to fly.

    She said decisions to remove routes aren’t taken lightly.

    “Ultimately, we have a responsibility to use our assets to provide a service that most guests are looking for and that gives a reasonable return on investment for our shareholders.”

    WestJet reported a rare loss of $20.8 million in the second quarter and adjusted some of its 2018 expectations to reflect the impact of higher fuel costs.

    Passengers after Oct. 28 will be rebooked on flights connecting in Toronto, refunded or rebooked on other airlines.

    WestJet will continue to fly between Toronto and Quebec City three times daily and between Toronto and Montreal 14 times daily.

    The fate of the Quebec City to Calgary route for next summer hasn’t been determined.

    “We must be nimble and flexible to remain competitive in the market,” Stewart added.

    WestJet will reduce service between Halifax and St. John’s and to Sydney. It will cancel service between the Nova Scotia capital and Deer Lake, NL, and winter flights between Edmonton and Ottawa that will resume next summer.

    Service will be trimmed between Vancouver and Fort St. John, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Palm Springs.

    It is also cancelling all service to Mexico City, that will affect both Calgary and Vancouver. However, travel is still possible through its codeshare partner Aeromexico."

    https://edmontonjournal.com/business...ss-in-13-years

    Better check your flights to see what is cancelled and plan an alternative carrier.
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    Edmonton fared very well in the list of cuts.

    Cut:
    Montreal-Quebec
    Calgary-Mexico City
    Vancouver-Mexico City
    Halifax-Deer Lake

    Reduced:
    Toronto-Los Angeles
    Toronto-Vancouver
    Toronto-Edmonton
    Toronto-Calgary
    Toronto-Fort McMurray
    Toronto-Winnipeg
    Toronto-Phoenix
    Toronto-Aruba
    Toronto-Belize
    Toronto-Huatulco
    Toronto-Liberia
    Vancouver-Edmonton
    Vancouver-Calgary
    Vancouver-Fort St. John
    Vancouver-Cancun
    Vancouver-Puerto Vallarta
    Vancouver-Cabo San Lucas
    Vancouver-Palm Springs
    Calgary-Denver
    Calgary-Edmonton
    Winnipeg-Palm Springs
    Halifax-St. John’s
    Halifax-Sydney
    Edmonton-Ottawa
    Edmonton-Phoenix
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdmTrekker View Post
    Edmonton-Ottawa cut until spring and who knows when in spring.

    Now to figure out how many weekly flights we actually lost in total on WS mainline.
    It's not hard to figure out, they post their schedules online.

    Daily flights resume April 28.

    https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/book-t...-flights/index

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    I know. PHX shows daily but after April 21 goes to 6 then 4 then 1 a week so hard to tell whats what. Maybe Acey will know the overall impact on these routes. I see LAS goes and stays to only 3 weekly flights Oct 2019 - if your so inclined to book that far in advance.

    https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/book-t...-flights/index
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    I believe the Phoenix cut is only Mesa, not the current Sky Harbour schedule.
    ... gobsmacked

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