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Downturn in economy forces Westjet to reduce Grande Prairie flights

Westjet has reduced its service to Grande Prairie. The airline added more flights last fall, but says the frequency needs to be changed again.

Both WS3137 from Grande Prairie to Edmonton and WS3136 from Edmonton to GP has been completely removed from the schedule. That leaves the city with two times daily service to Edmonton and three times daily service to Calgary.

The changes will come into effect on March 5, 2016. Lauren Stewart with Media Relations explains that Westjet’s service is based on supply and demand, and they’ve noticed less demand to energy-based markets like Grande Prairie with the downturn in the economy.

CEO of the Grande Prairie Airport, Brian Grant says there is still lots of selection at the airport.

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“There is still selections to Edmonton and Calgary. [These flights] will just be at a different point in the day, we do have lots of capacity.”

Grant explains that although it sounds like a big change, the only affected departure is 10:25am and arrival at 10:05am from Edmonton.

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