Downturn in Alberta economy blamed for WestJet suspending direct flights between Kelowna and Fort McMurray
KELOWNA–The low price of oil is being blamed for WestJet’s decision to quit flying non-stop between Kelowna and Fort McMurray.
The change will take effect on February 15, 2016.
According to the YLW website, the service has seen a significant decrease in passengers over the last year.
It relied heavily on commuting workers, and the economic downturn in the oil industry has resulted in less of a demand.
Connecting flights to the northern Alberta city will continue.
At the same time, the airline is announcing two new daily flights between Kelowna and Victoria.