Air Canada cuts ‘final nail in the coffin’ for air service on Cape Breton Island: airport CEO


A decision by Air Canada to indefinitely suspend its operations in Cape Breton will have an “absolutely catastrophic” effect on the Nova Scotia island, the CEO of the airport in Sydney, N.S., said Tuesday. Mike MacKinnon called the airline’s move “a massive blow” to the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, which he said was already struggling to survive during a pandemic that has brought air travel to a near standstill. “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. Air Canada suspended service between Sydney and Halifax earlier this fall.

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