Saskatchewan Aviation Chronology 2000-



2005 - Feb. 24: As part of a system-wide restructuring, Air Canada announced it was withdrawing its mainline service from Regina and Saskatoon, turning over its daily flights to the two Saskatchewan cities from Toronto to its subsidiary, Air Canada Jazz.

The decision made front-page news, but airport officials pointed out that Air Canada had long since shifted its prairie routes to Jazz, which promised to replace its Dash 8 turboprops with news Bombardier Regional Jet aircraft. As well, it promised to add an additional flight to and from Toronto to each of the Saskatchewan cities.

In all, nine cities lost Air Canada mainline service in addition to Regina and Saskatoon: Charlottetown, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Quebec City, Whitehorse and Thunder Bay.

See "Staff, routes switched to Jazz", The Leader-Post, Feb. 25, 2005 and "Air Canada to cut service from 9 cities", The National Post, Feb. 25, 2005 (See "Air Canada to leave", by Barb Pacholik and Neil Scott, The Leader-Post, Feb. 25, 2005).