Tuesday’s abrupt announcement that Halifax-based CanJet is abandoning its scheduled flights suggests that Canada does not have the population to sustain three national air services.
There was surprise that only five days’ notice was given about the move to end flights on Sunday. CanJet is a division of privately owned IMP Group Ltd., so its results and its “load factor” â?? the percentage of seats occupied by paying customers â?? weren’t being made public every three months as is customary with WestJet and Air Canada.
Running a scheduled airline when your main selling feature is the low price is tough to do year-round. It was probably no coincidence that the service suspension was announced after the Labour Day weekend, when casual fliers taking family vacations across Canada begin to stay home.