After Air Canada, WestJet is reducing its number of flights this summer

After Air Canada, WestJet is reducing its number of flights this summer

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Airline WestJet on Thursday warned of a reduction in flights this summer, the day after a similar announcement by competitor Air Canada, due to a rapid resumption of travel and a major labor shortage that is crippling the country's airports. 

“We plan to offer transport capacity in July 2022 that is 21% less than it was in July 2019,” the country's second largest carrier said in a statement.

The summer season will be reduced to “about 530 flights a day”, compared to “more than 700” three years ago.

WestJet denies having taken measures upstream to anticipate the sudden recovery and rapid travel, including hiring more than 1,000 employees. “The hiring of personnel continues in multiple departments”, explained the airline.

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On Wednesday, Air Canada announced that it had to “practice substantial reductions in our flight schedule in July and August” in order to reduce volumes and passenger flows .

For the past few days, travelers departing or arriving at Montreal International Airport have been experiencing chaos. 

Long queues persist, many flights there are canceled or delayed, and luggage is piling up near carousels, creating frustration among travelers.

“We continue to strengthen our air transportation system despite the current delays,” tweeted the Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra, stating that he had spoken with the CEO of We stJet, Alexis von Hoensbroech.