WestJet cutting flights, laying off more staff


WestJet is making changes to operations as COVID-19 continues to take a toll.

The airline says it is indefinitely halting routes to Fredericton, Moncton, N.B., Sydney, N.S., and Charlottetown.

It’s paring down service to Halifax and St. John’s, N.L., while operations between Toronto and Quebec City are being suspended.

“The lack of travel demand combined with domestic quarantines means that sadly we can no longer maintain our full Canadian network of service,” CEO Ed Sims said in a video post.

“Since the pandemic’s beginning, we have worked to keep essential air service to all of our domestic airports, but we are out of runway and have been forced to suspend service in the region without sector-specific support.”

The cuts eliminate more than 100 flights weekly starting Nov. 2.

The airline will lay off 100 corporate and operational support employees, on top of the 4,000 workers it has laid off since March.