WS To Suspend Int’l & Transborder Flights For 30 Days As Of 22MAR
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
WestJet has announced that effective Sunday, 22MAR at midnight, it will suspend all international and transborder flights for a 30-day period. Domestic flights will be reduced by approximately 50%.
President and CEO Ed Sims explained the decision:
“Today, Prime Minister Trudeau made an explicit declaration to all Canadians abroad that it is time to come home. Based on this statement and the recommendations to Canadians to control the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, we have made impactful decisions related to our operations.”
WestJet’s final commercially scheduled flights from international and transborder destinations will launch on 22MAR by 11:59 p.m. local time. Sims adds: “after that, we will be operating rescue and repatriation flights in partnership with the Canadian government.
Tomorrow (18MAR) at midnight, WestJet will suspend all outbound international ticket sales for travel until 22MAR at 11:59 p.m. MDT, as the airline shifts its focus from sending Canadians out of the country to bringing them home.
“To assist Canadians in returning home on short notice, we are in the process of lowering prices on our remaining seats into Canada in all cabins,” Sims said. “In addition, we will also reduce our domestic schedule by approximately 50%. At this point, all network changes are in place for the next 30 days.”
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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.