Discount carrier WestJet Airlines said Thursday it is dropping service to Gander, Nfld., effective April 7.

"It is unfortunate that market conditions have forced us to make the difficult decision of withdrawing service from Gander," said Sean Durfy, WestJet's executive vice-president of marketing and sales, in a release.

Demand in Gander does not warrant the type of service the airline had been providing, Durfy said.

WestJet has been flying to Gander since June 2003.

While it is cutting service to Gander, the company said it will boost service on its St. John's-Halifax route.

The company said the 10 WestJet employees affected by the decision to end service to Gander have been offered relocation opportunities.

WestJet shares (TSX:T.WJA)fell 17 cents to $13.70 in Toronto.