WestJet suspends four Regina hot holiday routes

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9 September 2019, By David Baxter, Reporter  Global News

WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it is removing its grounded Boeing 737 Max jets from service until at least Jan. 5, affecting thousands of passengers with travel plans during the busy winter holiday season. Grounded WestJet Boeing 737 Max aircraft are shown at the airline's facilities in Calgary, Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it is removing its grounded Boeing 737 Max jets from service until at least Jan. 5, affecting thousands of passengers with travel plans during the busy winter holiday season. Grounded WestJet Boeing 737 Max aircraft are shown at the airline’s facilities in Calgary, Tuesday, May 7, 2019.Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

WestJet is temporarily cancelling some direct hot holiday destination flights due to continued grounding issues with Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

Four Regina routes are being affected by the move, with scheduling changes set to run Nov. 4, 2019, to Jan. 5, 2020, unless otherwise specified.

Regina’s once-weekly flight to Orlando, Fla., and three weekly flights to Phoenix, Ariz., are suspended.

The once-weekly flight from Regina to Cancun, Mexico, will be suspended for November, but WestJet plans to operate weekly flights in December.

The Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, routes will see one weekly flight suspended, but WestJet will continue to offer one trip a week for November. However, the two weekly flights will be suspended in December.

According to WestJet, there is no timeline on when MAX planes will return to their fleet, and this change is being made to limit last-minute cancellations.

The company said they are proactively notifying passengers about the need to rebook travel options. This began on September 8.

The plan is to resume these routes once MAX planes return to the fleet, according to WestJet.

This is the sixth time WestJet has made these kinds of nationwide schedule changes involving MAX aircraft since March 13.

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