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Still no direct flights to Vancouver, flights to Calgary to be cut

Direct flights between Fort St. John and Vancouver through WestJet are not scheduled to resume until at least June 5.
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Direct flights between Fort St. John and Vancouver through WestJet are not scheduled to resume until at least June 5. 

The airline said April 19 that it would be cutting 4,000 weekly flights from its domestic schedule between May 5 through June 4, which includes YVR to YXJ.

Earlier today, other local media wrongly reported that flights to Vancouver would resume May 5. They are currently planned to resume daily on June 5.

"These changes are required to address significantly reduced guest demand during the COVID-19 crisis," WestJet said.

The only commercial flight currently available out of Fort St. John is to Calgary, where passengers can connect to other cities. 

Starting May 4, the flight will only be available four times a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

Some flight days this month have been cancelled due to a lack of demand, and the flight is planned to revert back to six times a week beginning June 1. 

"While some city pairings have been temporarily removed, we continue to serve the 38 Canadian airports to which we currently operate, ensuring that those with essential travel requirements can get where they need to be and that cargo goods like blood, medical products and food supplies can continue to flow," WestJet said.

All transborder and international routes remain suspended through June 4, WestJet said.

Air Canada has suspended its operations at the airport until April 30. Central Mountain Air has suspended flights until June 8.

WestJet says it is selling fewer seats on its domestic flights to give passengers enough room to keep their physical distance.

Email reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca