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Potential for less flights this winter in Grande Prairie

There could be less flights available this winter at the Grande Prairie Regional Airport.

CEO Brian Grant says Air Canada is looking to drop their last flight of the day and the early morning take off from their schedule. He adds that with the poor Alberta economy, they are receiving schedule updates almost monthly as opposed to just twice a year.

“They are moving some aircraft out of the area to the east. We have been told others have been affected. It’s happening to us, Edmonton and other regional airports.”

He says they have been working avidly with the company to avoid major changes but at the end of the day, they have the final say. Grant says he will be talking with Air Canada again this Friday.

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Other changes for flights include connection locations. Grant says flights are down about 9 per cent this year. He adds that Air Canada’s corporate philosophy is to switch to more international traffic within the next two years and this will have more Grande Prairie flights connecting in Calgary as opposed to Edmonton. Grant says this is the case for a lot of other air carriers as well.

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