WestJet Ends Repatriation Program, With 4,000 Canadians Brought Home Since APR

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

WestJetters at SJO.

After 28 flights covering 14 destinations and 122,000 miles that brought home more than 4,000 Canadians, WestJet has concluded its repatriation flight program, conducted in collaboration with the Government of Canada.

WestJet's final repatriation flights took place on 17JUL from Trinidad and Tobago To Toronto. 

"Our commitment to the Prime Minister was to bring as many Canadians home as possible; and following 28 missions, we are grateful for the volunteer contributions of more than 200 WestJetters and the collaboration from our airport and government partners," said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO.

"These individuals came together and demonstrated their Canadian spirit to ensure the safe return of our country's citizens."

WestJet crew on the POS-YYZ repatriation flight.

The 122,000 miles covered by the airline are the equivalent to five trips around the world. WS made stops in one new continent (South America), five new countries (El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti) and 9 destinations previously served by WestJet.

"Over the last few months, Canada undertook its largest and most complex ever consular operation in peace time to help Canadians return home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This operation could not have been a success without the extraordinary support of airlines and their dedicated employees who helped us bring more than 50,000 Canadians home. I extend our sincere gratitude to WestJet for their contribution in making these repatriations possible during this unprecedented health crisis," said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Across 104 days, it took hundreds of WestJetters to organize the flights and operating crews, most of whom volunteered for the missions, WS said in a news release. In the end, flight crews assisted guests of all ages, safely returned 75 pets and provided more than 400 guests in wheelchairs with assistance during their journey home.

Anna Kroupina

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.

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