Air Canada nixing Calgary to YXC flights
Air Canada this morning announced it will be discontinuing flights between Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) and Calgary starting April 29.
Noting it is moving to larger aircraft, Air Canada says current demand for services does not warrant continued flights between the two cities.
“Air Canada’s regional flights in Western Canada will be operated exclusively by Jazz as part of our new agreement, and the smaller aircraft currently flying from Cranbrook-Calgary are being phased out of the regional fleet in Western Canada as we begin modernizing the regional fleet,” Air Canada stated.
“We review all of our routes on a regular basis, and our scheduling decisions are commercially based. The Cranbrook-Calgary route did not perform at a level that would make commercial sense for us to continue operating. This was a difficult decision to make. The factors we look at include demand between the two cities, the connections being made at the hub, aircraft availability, overall profitability, and in this case, whether the market can sustain a larger aircraft (with the Beech aircraft being phased out as we begin modernizing the fleet) among other economic factors,” the airline related in a statement.
Flights between YXC and Vancouver (YVR) will continue twice daily with two 78-seat Q-400 aircraft, and the flights are schedule to connect to flights to and from the YVR hub.