CALGARY, AB. – More trouble for Canada’s airlines, this time it’s WestJet.

The airline says it will temporarily suspend service to four Canadian cities including Lloydminster and Medicine Hat as of March 19th and 21st respectively.

That will last until at least June 24th.

WestJet President, Ed Sims says unfortunately, with new and increasingly restrictive policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are left once again, with no other option than to suspend service to some communities.

“Our ability to return to markets remains directly correlated to government policies and the prioritization of a domestic travel program,” continued Sims. “As we look ahead to contributing to the economic recovery of Canada, the relationship between testing and quarantine must evolve based on data and science.”

The other cities to see service suspended are out east in St. John’s,
Newfoundland and London, Ontario.

Compared with this same time last year, WestJet is operating at more than a 90% reduction in passengers.

At this time, Lethbridge is not impacted by these changes.