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Jsmth321 Oct 14th 2020 9:08 pm

Westjet cuts in Atlantic Canada
 
Looks like Westjet is doing some trimming in Atlantic Canada and suspending service completely to several airports.

Suspended service to:

Moncton
Fredericton
Sydney
Charlottetown

With significant reduction of service to Halifax and St. John's.

Source.



Atlantic Xpat Oct 15th 2020 1:19 am

Re: Westjet cuts in Atlantic Canada
 
Unsurprising given the impact the Atlantic bubble is having on demand. Watching the CEO (who I didn't realise is a Brit) video, he subscribes part of the issue to increases in charges by airports and Nav Canada. St John's Airport is a not-for-profit organisation which has lost a major part of its revenue. Absent the government (provincially or federally) stepping in, they have little choice but to increase fees.

One hopes WJ (& Porter, who are still completely shut down) will come back when this is over. Whenever that is.

Jsmth321 Oct 15th 2020 2:02 am

Re: Westjet cuts in Atlantic Canada
 

Originally Posted by Atlantic Xpat (Post 12922036)
Unsurprising given the impact the Atlantic bubble is having on demand. Watching the CEO (who I didn't realise is a Brit) video, he subscribes part of the issue to increases in charges by airports and Nav Canada. St John's Airport is a not-for-profit organisation which has lost a major part of its revenue. Absent the government (provincially or federally) stepping in, they have little choice but to increase fees.

One hopes WJ (& Porter, who are still completely shut down) will come back when this is over. Whenever that is.

Yeah the fees are kind of double edged sword, reduced air traffic is reducing revenue, leading to increased fees which lead to more cuts by airlines. Both airports and NAV Canada have fixed costs that don't just go away.



Jsmth321 Oct 21st 2020 11:21 pm

Re: Westjet cuts in Atlantic Canada
 
Westjet will be contacting eligible passengers to issue refunds, they say it will take 6 to 9 months to complete.

Eligible passengers will be contacted in chronological order of cancellation, beginning with those flights cancelled in March 2020 at the outset of the pandemic.

Westjet is asking passengers not to call them, and wait to be called.

Refunds will be to original form of payment.



Press Release


It's a press release so of course they are making it seem like they are doing passengers a favor for refunding for a service they didn't provide and took 6+ months of people complaining and fighting with the airline before they decided to do a long drawn out refund process.



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