Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) has terminated its services to Red Deer airport in Central Alberta, leaving it without any scheduled services, the Red Deer Advocate has reported.

The carrier used to connect Red Deer with Calgary using Beech 1900D aircraft operated by Air Georgian (ZX, Toronto Pearson).

The airport hopes to attract some of the Canadian start-up LCCs in the future.

"It’s all about having the right service. We’ve never had an ultra-low-cost carrier in Canada. We’ve got Swoop (WO, Hamilton, ON) now in the marketplace, and there are two others hoping to jump in 2019. That type of service is very conducive to regional airports," airport CEO Graham Ingham said.

The airport is planning a CAD9 million dollar (USD6.8 million) investment in the terminal, the runway, and other systems. The works should conclude within a year and will be likely funded by the state government, pending the final approval.

Besides WestJet subsidiary Swoop, Canada's nascent LCC market also includes Flair Airlines (F8, Kelowna), which is already active, and Jetlines (CJL, Vancouver Int'l), due to commence flights in 2019.