Saskatchewan Airports will see one less airline fly out of the province to sun destinations during the winter time.
Air Transat is temporarily suspending flights from both Regina and Saskatoon airports, which potentially means less people will be able to get to their favorite destinations from December to February.
President and CEO of the Regina Airport Authority James Bogusz explains one of the main reasons for the airline leaving Saskatchewan is a fleet change.
“Air Transat is going through a pretty substantial fleet change, and they anticipate for the next one-two years they’re going to be redeploying some of their older aircraft into BC and Alberta,” Bogusz says. ‘Hopefully, once some of these new aircraft come online and take delivery, they will re-look at some of the markets here in Saskatchewan.”
Bogusz says hopefully the impact of this loss isn’t felt by the customer.
“Really at the end of the day, the demand is what’s going to dictate how the airline deploys their aircraft,” Bogusz says. “What this gap is, is really four flights a week to four separate sun destinations from December to February, so it has some significance, but certainly not as big as the foot print of some of the other airlines.”
The two main flights by Air Transat are Cancun and Peurto Vallerta, which are highly competed for at YQR.