Competitors Bureau requested by Saskatoon chamber to research flights in Saskatchewan

An Air Canada aircraft is de-iced at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, BC, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce is asking the federal competition regulator to investigate Air Canada’s decision to end its flights between Saskatoon and Calgary and between Regina and Calgary. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

by Canadian Press

Jan 18, 2023 | 5:09 PM

The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce is asking the federal competition regulator to investigate Air Canada’s decision to end its flights between Saskatoon and Calgary and between Regina and Calgary.

In a submission to the Competition Bureau, the business group says the decision by Air Canada leaves WestJet as the only airline offering direct service between Saskatchewan and Calgary.

The chamber alleges WestJet and Air Canada have engaged in anti-competitive behavior through a strategy to reduce competition intensity on certain regional Canadian routes.

It says the routes from Saskatchewan are not critical just for travel to and from Calgary, but also for connecting flights from the key hub.

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