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Edmonton Journal: WestJet begins recovery after cancelling 464 flights over four-day stretch due to extreme cold

January 17, 2024 — 

One expert said WestJet’s recent turn to the hub model in which passengers are consolidated for larger flights at major airports — a strategy primarily executed by large legacy airlines — would reasonably expose it to more delays and cancellations.

“(Calgary has) clear skies, it’s drier, there’s less precipitation, so it should be a very reliable airport as a hub operation,” said Barry Prentice, professor and director of the University of Manitoba Transport Institute.

“But that doesn’t mean things always work out.”

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