Air Canada to suspend all operations in Sydney, N.S.

A decision by Air Canada to indefinitely suspend all its operations in Cape Breton is the “final nail in the coffin” for air service to the island, according to the Sydney airport’s CEO.

Air Canada had already suspended service between Sydney and Halifax earlier this fall, and announced Tuesday it will also cut service between Sydney and Toronto starting Jan. 11, 2021.

Mike MacKinnon, CEO of the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, called the move “a massive blow, absolutely catastrophic to Cape Breton Island.”

“Our airport has been repeatedly slashed by air service cuts ever since the pandemic began and now this announcement, on top of the recent WestJet route suspensions is effectively the final nail in the coffin for air service to/from our community for the foreseeable future,” MacKinnon said in a news release Tuesday.

MacKinnon noted that before the pandemic, Sydney was served by both Air Canada and WestJet. The airport had regular service to Halifax and Toronto, and seasonally to Montreal. 

Service cutbacks to the region — and other parts of the Maritimes — began this fall with WestJet; Air Canada suspended some its services soon after.

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