Securing non-stop service to Edmonton had been a top priority for the Nanaimo Airport team for several years.

And just a few months ago that service started.

Now, it’s being cut as a result of dropping oil prices in Alberta.

Westjet is suspending service from Nanaimo to Edmonton and cutting service or reducing it in 5 other BC cities.

The changes are effective March 5th.

Mike Hooper, President and CEO of Nanaimo Airport WestJet Encore’s twice daily service to Calgary will remain.

Central Island residents will be able to continue to fly to Edmonton via connections in Calgary or Vancouver.