WestJet temporarily grounding London to Toronto flights

The London International Airport. (File photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News)

Dwindling demand amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led to more flights being cut at the London International Airport.

WestJet announced on Thursday it is temporarily suspending four routes across the country, including its London to Toronto service. Other routes being halted include Lloydminster to Calgary, St. John’s to Halifax, and Medicine Hat to Calgary.

“We have continued to operate in the face of uncertainty as domestic and international travel restrictions and quarantines have caused demand to plummet,” WestJet President and CEO Ed Sims said in a statement. “Unfortunately, with new and increasingly restrictive policies, we are left once again, with no other option than to suspend service to these communities.”

WestJet flies from London to Toronto four times a week. It will stop offering the flight for three months as of March 22. Travellers already booked on the now cancelled flights will be contacted directly.

The airline has said it is working with “newly established third-party service providers” to assist affected operations in London and St. John’s.

Air Canada, Sunwing, and Air Transat also cancelled numerous flights earlier this month, including some from the London International Airport. Grounded flights were to Mexico and Caribbean destinations.

WestJet plans on resuming service to all communities as of June 24.