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COVID-19: WestJet temporarily suspending service to Medicine Hat & Lloydminster

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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.

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“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.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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