WestJet Expands AUG Sked And Resumes Flights Between YYZ-MBJ
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
WestJet's updated August schedule features a ramp up to more than 200 daily flights to 48 destinations across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe.
Schedule highlights include service to 39 destinations across Canada, five in the U.S., two in Europe, one in the Caribbean, and one in Mexico.
"With the many safeguards and procedures in place, we are certain Canadians can safely resume travel to destinations across our network," said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer.
"We continue to adapt our schedule to meet the needs of our guests and through our continued investments, economies can begin to recover with the support of domestic tourism driven by air travel."
Despite persisting headwinds, von zur Muehlen said WestJet is "committed to ensuring air travel remains affordable and accessible to Canadians from coast-to-coast during this difficult time. While an increase in flying is a positive sign, we are prudently monitoring our guests loads to ensure we are managing our airline and the health of our guests and crew responsibly."
As for international flights, WestJet will reintroduce non-stop Dreamliner service from YYC to LGW and CDG, effective 20AUG, 2020. The carrier's five transborder destinations include ATL, LAS, LAX, LGA and MCO. The airline will also offer service to CUN (which began 11JUL) and will resume operations once-weekly to MBJ.
At this time, WestJet is planning to operate the following transborder and international routes from 16JUL to 04SEP, 2020.
The AUG schedule reflects a 10% increase in flying from JUL, but a decrease of 75% over AUG 2019, according to a news release. It also includes select frequency reductions and temporary domestic route suspensions between stations across Canada, due to continued border closures and provincial travel restrictions.
"The patchwork of domestic travel restrictions and quarantine periods that are currently in place within our own borders are severely limiting Canada's economic recovery and putting hundreds of thousands of jobs in our critical industry at risk," said von zur Muehlen.
"We must standardize intra-provincial travel advice to ensure Canadians can move safely and freely across our country."
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.