WestJet on Monday released its updated August schedule, which featured over 200 daily flights to 48 destinations including Jamaica
The schedule consists of service to 39 domestic airports, and WestJet said the schedule further underlines the commitment to ensuring air service and regional connectivity is available to Canadians from coast-to-coast.
“With the many safeguards and procedures in place, we are certain Canadians can safely resume travel to destinations across our network,” WestJet Chief Commercial Officer Arved von zur Muehlen said.
“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,” he added.
The airline has supported its updated schedule with a thorough framework to ensure its passengers continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene programme.
“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.”— WestJet Chief Commercial Officer Arved von zur Muehlen
Since July 15 and through to September 4, 2020, WestJet will increase it domestic flights and offer operations to 48 destinations including 39 in Canada, five in the US, two in Europe, one in the Caribbean, one in Mexico. During this time, the carrier will resume its once-weekly operations to Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Furthermore, it will reintroduce non-stop Dreamliner service from Calgary to London (Gatwick) and Paris effective August 20, 2020 and will continue to serve five key transborder destinations including Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York (LaGuardia) and Orlando.
“Despite these headwinds, we are 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…” von zur Muehlen also noted.
The August schedule reflects approximately a 10 per cent increase in flying from July, but a decrease of 75 per cent less flying from August 2019. 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.”