WestJet will be suspending four routes in Alberta, Ontario and Newfoundland temporarily.
The company made the announcement in a news release on Thursday that operations to St. John’s, N.L., London, Ont. and Lloydminster and Medicine Hat, Alta., will be suspended next month.
On March 19, the route between Lloydminster and Calgary will be suspended.
The routes between St. John’s and Halifax and Medicine Hat and Calgary will be suspended as of March 21.
The London to Toronto route will be suspended on March 22.
The routes operated between once and four times weekly.
“Unfortunately, with new and increasingly restrictive policies, we are left once again, with no other option than to suspend service to these communities,” Ed Sims, WestJet president and CEO, said in the news release.
As a result of the suspensions, WestJet said it will be working with third-party service providers for affected passengers in St. John’s and London and directly with Pacific Coastal Airlines for passengers affected in Alberta.
Sims said the airline’s return to market depends on government policies and the prioritization of a domestic travel program.
“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.”
According to the news release, the routes are expected to resume on June 24.