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Air Canada cuts direct flights from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay, Saskatoon

The tail of the newly revealed Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft is seen at a hangar at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, February 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch.
The tail of the newly revealed Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft is seen at a hangar at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, February 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Air Canada has dropped direct flights between Winnipeg and Thunder Bay, and Winnipeg and Saskatoon.

They will also fly Winnipeg to Regina once daily, down from the current twice-daily flights.

“We review all of our routes on a regular basis, and our scheduling decisions are commercially based,” said a spokesperson for Air Canada.

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“The routes from Winnipeg to Saskatoon and to Thunder Bay did not perform at a level that would make commercial sense for us to continue operating, and Air Canada’s last flights on these routes will be at the end of March.”

The last Winnipeg-Thunder Bay flight will be March 30, and Winnipeg-Saskatoon will be March 31.

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The once-daily flights to Regina will start in April, they said.

“This was a difficult decision to make … Customers booked on flights after Mar. 31 will be contacted by Air Canada or their travel agent for options including alternate travel or a refund.”

Flights to Thunder Bay are still available on WestJet and Bearskin Airlines, and to Saskatoon on WestJet.