Wednesday, 24 March 2021

WestJet to slowly bring back some routes that were suspended during the pandemic


The Canadian budget airline WestJet has confirmed it will start beginning a long process to bring back into the schedule, some of the hundreds of flights it suspended during the pandemic.

The airline says it will restore flights to the communities of Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Sydney and Quebec City, restoring WestJet's complete network of pre-COVID-19 domestic airports.

"We committed to return to the communities we left, as a result of the pandemic, and we will be restoring flights to these regions in the coming months, of our own volition," said Ed Sims, WestJet, President and CEO. "These communities have been a crucial factor in our success over our 25 years and it is critical for us to ensure they have access to affordable air service and domestic connectivity to drive their economic recovery." 

Service is set to resume to the five airports WestJet suspended service from in November, beginning June 24, 2021 through to June 30, 2021. In addition, service between St. John's and Toronto, which was indefinitely suspended in October, will resume effective June 24, 2021. Following a temporary suspension, the restart of service between St. John's and Halifax will be advanced from June 24, 2021 to May 6, 2021. Full schedule details and restart dates are outlined below. 

"Our focus remains on the safe restart of air travel. We ask that federal and provincial governments work with us to provide clarity and certainty to Canadians, including travel policies that support economic recovery and restore jobs," continued Sims.  

Recognizing the investments that WestJet's travel and tourism partners in the regions need to make to begin to recover from the pandemic, the airline will continue to encourage the Atlantic premiers to advance their efforts to ensure the region is open to Canadians this summer. 

"Alongside an accelerated and successful vaccine rollout, we are hopeful that there will be an easing of onerous travel restrictions currently in place," said Sims. "We look forward to working together to safely reconnect Canadians to the region in the coming months."  


Planned Network Service Resumptions: 

Route 

Frequency 

Planned restart date 

St. John's-Halifax 

6x weekly 

May 6, 2021 

Charlottetown-Toronto 

11x weekly 

June 24, 2021 

St. John's-Toronto 

1x daily 

June 24, 2021 

Fredericton-Toronto 

1x daily 

June 26, 2021 

Quebec City-Toronto 

1x daily

June 28, 2021 

Sydney-Halifax 

1x daily 

June 28, 2021 

Moncton-Toronto 

1x daily 

June 30, 2021 



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