What future for air travel in Saskatchewan after service interruptions?

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What future for air travel in Saskatchewan after service interruptions?

According to the Chairman and CEO of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, people should put pressure on Air Canada because its decision will negatively impact the province (archives).

The cancellation of Sunwing airline flights from Saskatchewan until February 3 and the elimination of direct flights between Saskatoon, Regina and Calgary by Air Canada from January 16 change the future air travel in the province.

The announcements literally fell from the sky, and they have become a real concern, says the president and CEO of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Jason Aebig.

According to Jason Aebig, these announcements will not only hurt business travel, but they will also affect many educational institutions in Saskatchewan that attract researchers and scholars from around the world, including Calgary.< /p>

Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jason Aebig urges Air Canada to reconsider its decision to cut direct flights between Saskatoon, Regina and Calgary.

“There is not a single company or institution in this province that will not be impacted in some way by these decisions . »

— Jason Aebig, President and CEO of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

There is a need to put pressure on the board of directors and the shareholders of; Air Canada, as the company's short-sighted decision will negatively impact Saskatchewan.

We urge Air Canada to reconsider its decision regarding the Calgary hub. It's been an important connection for 30 years, says Jason Aebig.

“I hope this doesn't result in corporate headquarters moving.

— Jason Aebig, President and CEO of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

Calgary-based independent aviation analyst Rick Erickson claims he cannot understand the decisions of the two airlines.

Our federal government has provided very little assistance to airlines in terms of subsidies. In the United States, airlines received $25 billion in direct subsidies. In Canada, some carriers like Sunwing and Air Canada have taken out short-term loans, says Rick Erickson.

According to him, Sunwing probably made some tough decisions and that's Saskatchewan, which paid the price, because the airline serves more of the east than the west of the country.

Tourists traveling with Sunwing have been stranded at Cancun International Airport, Mexico, as well as Cuba and the Dominican Republic due to delayed flights and canceled during the holidays (archives).

Rick Erickson, however, says Air Canada's decision to cut routes to Calgary may have a reason.

Air Canada is replacing his planes. So the company really downsized its fleet of small planes like the Dash 8s and ended up with bigger planes, says Rick Erickson.

Carol Marriott, who hosts volunteers from around world at the Ravenheart Equine-Assisted Learning Center and Retreat near Kamsack, Sask., says the two airlines' decision would affect her too.

Small rural businesses are hurting because tourists and workers or volunteers can no longer travel to us unless they are able to drive. Saskatchewan might as well close its doors and return to previous years when everyone left the province, she wrote in an email sent to CBC/Radio-Canada.

With information from Pratyush Dayal

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