West Wind Aviation says it has laid off staff and drastically cut back on flights as a way of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press release Monday morning, the airline that flies throughout northern Saskatchewan says it has cut flight schedules by two-thirds until at least Apr. 13 due to reduced demand.

Acting President and CEO Stephen Smith says a “significant” number of employees were laid off on Saturday but does not give an exact number.

The press release also does not say which flights have been cut back.

The West Wind Aviation Group includes West Wind Aviation, Transwest Air, Northern Shield Helicopters and Snowbird Aviation Services.

West Wind is owned by the Prince Albert Development Corporation, Athabasca Basin Development and company employees.

The company operates out of La Ronge and Saskatoon with flights to the northern communities of Stony Rapids, Wollaston Lake, Uranium City and Fond du Lac.