Escaping winter just got a little harder in Saskatchewan. Air Transat will no longer fly out of Regina and Saskatoon.
The airline notified the airports earlier in May. Air Transat is currently taking a look at its current routes and destinations while updating its fleet of aircraft.
“Any air service lost is not ideal,” said James Bogusz, CEO of the Regina Airport Authority. “But at the same time, they have to make corporate decisions that work for them and with a fleet change it’s not uncommon that airlines will reconsider their operations in some of the smaller cities.”
Air Transat only served a small window of the winter months, typically December through to February, in some cases offering just four flights a week.
Although calling it “disappointing”, Bogusz is hopeful Air Transat will return.
“Although we are obviously not happy to hear us losing that service temporarily, we are happy to hear they will be serving our province in the future and hopefully with some newer services,” Bogusz said.
Bogusz is hopeful that SunWing, the other seasonal charter service, may step up and offer more services or destinations.
As well, Air Canada and Westjet provide further options for customers, although typically not with direct flights.