WestJet is suspending its flights between Toronto and Montreal for the winter, thus accentuating its withdrawal from short-haul routes in Eastern Canada to concentrate on the West.
The connection will be suspended for six months, from the end of October, to resume at the end of April.
WestJet spokeswoman Madison Kruger said the decision was made because of the route’s profitability and argued it was consistent with the airline’s strategy of increasing longer trips between the east and west of the country.
The Alberta-based airline flies once daily along the busy Toronto-Montreal corridor, which currently sees four carriers operating more than 360 trips per week, according to aviation data firm Cirium.
WestJet is flying 80% fewer trips between Toronto and Montreal than in 2019, as the company reduced its routes in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada to refocus on the West.
The company strengthened its position in the east of the country by acquiring Sunwing Airlines in May, and says it still wants to serve the region.
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