Flair Airlines summer schedule to include new Canadian destinations

Route expansion aligns with airline’s commitment to provide affordable travel

Edmonton, Alberta, July 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair Airlines is thrilled to begin service in the cities of Prince George, Fort McMurray, Regina, and Saskatoon, with a much-anticipated return to Victoria. All flights are available for purchase at https://flyflair.com.

“We continuously receive requests from our passengers to service these communities,” says Jim Scott, CEO. “Many of these areas are experiencing reduced accessibility, and we know that Canadians need affordable air fares now more than ever. We are committed to supporting these communities across the country as they safely reopen to travel.”

As Flair continues to lead the way with affordable options, safety remains their highest priority. Passengers who choose to travel can expect to complete a visual mask check, answer a health check questionnaire, and have their temperature taken prior to boarding the aircraft.  Enhanced aircraft disinfecting measures and the use of HEPA filters will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. HEPA filters remove 99.99% of particles, including viruses, and circulate fresh air into the cabins every two to three minutes.

 As the country begins to reopen and travel demand increases, Flair is here to provide Canadians with affordable, friendly, dependable, and safe air travel. 

routefrequency
Calgary to KelownaThursday/Sunday
Calgary to TorontoFriday/Monday
Calgary to VancouverFriday/Monday
Calgary to WinnipegFriday/Monday
Edmonton to KelownaFriday/Monday
Edmonton to Prince GeorgeThursday/Sunday
Edmonton to TorontoThursday/Sunday
Edmonton to VancouverThursday/Sunday
Fort McMurray to TorontoSaturday/Wednesday
Fort McMurray to VancouverSaturday/Wednesday
Kelowna to CalgaryFriday/Monday
Kelowna to EdmontonThursday/Sunday
Kelowna to VancouverSaturday/Wednesday
Kelowna to WinnipegSaturday/Wednesday
Prince George to EdmontonFriday/Monday
Prince George to VancouverThursday/Sunday
Regina to TorontoFriday/Monday
Regina to VancouverFriday/Monday
Saskatoon to TorontoThursday/Sunday
Saskatoon to VancouverThursday/Sunday
Toronto to CalgaryFriday/Monday
Toronto to EdmontonThursday/Sunday
Toronto to Fort McMurraySaturday/Wednesday
Toronto to ReginaFriday/Monday
Toronto to SaskatoonThursday/Sunday
Toronto to WinnipegThursday/Sunday
Vancouver to CalgaryFriday/Monday
Vancouver to EdmontonThursday/Sunday
Vancouver to Fort McMurraySaturday/Wednesday
Vancouver to KelownaSaturday/Wednesday
Vancouver to Prince GeorgeFriday/Monday
Vancouver to ReginaFriday/Monday
Vancouver to SaskatoonThursday/Sunday
Vancouver to VictoriaSunday/Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday
Vancouver to WinnipegSaturday/Wednesday
Victoria to VancouverSunday/Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday
Winnipeg to CalgaryThursday/Sunday
Winnipeg to KelownaSaturday/Wednesday
Winnipeg to TorontoFriday/Monday
Winnipeg to VancouverSaturday/Wednesday

WestJet expands August schedule, updates July flying

From WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership 

Schedule highlights airline’s continued service to 39 Canadian cities from coast-to-coast

Airline’s stringent health and safety measures ensure Canadians can travel safely to 48 destinations

CALGARY, AB, July 13, 2020 /CNW/ – WestJet today released its updated August schedule featuring more than 200 daily flights to 48 destinations across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. The schedule features service to 39 domestic airports and further highlights the airline’s commitment to ensuring air service and regional connectivity is available to Canadians from coast-to-coast.

The updated schedule is supported by the layered framework WestJet has built to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. The airline continues to provide flexibility in booking, change and cancellation policies for guests.

“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.”

Between July 15 through to September 4, 2020, WestJet will increase domestic frequencies and offer operations to 48 destinations including 39 in Canada, five in the U.S., two in Europe, one in the Caribbean, one in Mexico.

The airline 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. The airline will also offer service to Cancun, Mexico and will resume operations once-weekly to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Continued von zur Muehlen, “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 and the health of our guests and crew responsibly.”

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.  

At this time, the airline is planning on operating the following domestic routes and frequencies from July 16 to September 4. The below frequencies represent peak service within this time frame:

ALBERTA AND NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Calgary-Abbotsford2x daily
Calgary-Comox1x daily
Calgary-Cranbrook4x weekly
Calgary-Fort St. John2x daily
Calgary-Kamloops1x daily
Calgary-Kelowna3x daily
Calgary-Nanaimo1x daily
Calgary-Penticton1x daily
Calgary-Vancouver7x daily
Calgary-Victoria2x daily
Calgary-Edmonton6x daily
Calgary-Fort McMurray3x daily
Calgary-Grande Prairie3x daily
Calgary-Lethbridge3x weekly
Calgary-Lloydminster2x weekly
Calgary-Medicine Hat2x weekly
Calgary-Yellowknife4x weekly
Calgary-Brandon3x weekly
Calgary-Regina3x daily
Calgary-Saskatoon3x daily
Calgary-Winnipeg3x daily
Calgary-Hamilton4x weekly
Calgary-Kitchener/Waterloo4x weekly
Calgary-Toronto6x daily
Edmonton-Comox2x weekly
Edmonton-Kelowna6x weekly
Edmonton-Vancouver3x daily
Edmonton-Victoria1x daily
Edmonton-Calgary6x daily
Edmonton-Fort McMurray6x weekly
Edmonton-Grande Prairie6x weekly
Edmonton-Regina5x weekly
Edmonton-Saskatoon6x weekly
Edmonton-Winnipeg6x weekly
Edmonton-Toronto3x daily
Fort McMurray-Calgary3x daily
Fort McMurray-Edmonton6x weekly
Grande Prairie-Calgary3x daily
Grande Prairie-Edmonton6x weekly
Lethbridge-Calgary3x weekly
Lloydminster-Calgary2x weekly
Medicine Hat-Calgary2x weekly
Yellowknife-Calgary4x weekly

BRITISH COLUMBIA AND YUKON

Abbotsford-Calgary2x daily
Comox-Calgary1x daily
Cranbrook-Calgary4x weekly
Fort St John-Calgary2x daily
Fort St John-Vancouver4x weekly
Kamloops-Calgary1x daily
Kelowna-Vancouver1x daily
Kelowna-Calgary3x daily
Kelowna-Edmonton6x weekly
Nanaimo-Calgary1x daily
Penticton-Calgary1x daily
Prince George-Vancouver3x daily
Terrace-Vancouver1x daily
Vancouver-Kelowna1x daily
Vancouver-Prince George3x daily
Vancouver-Terrace1x daily
Vancouver-Victoria2x daily
Vancouver-Calgary7x daily
Vancouver-Edmonton3x daily
Vancouver-Winnipeg6x weekly
Vancouver-Toronto4x daily
Victoria-Vancouver2x daily
Victoria-Calgary2x daily
Victoria-Edmonton1x daily

ONTARIO

Hamilton-Calgary4x weekly
Kitchener/Waterloo-Calgary4x weekly
London, ON-Toronto6x weekly
Ottawa-Calgary6x weekly
Ottawa-Toronto4x daily
Ottawa-Halifax2x weekly
Thunder Bay-Winnipeg2x weekly
Thunder Bay-Toronto6x weekly
Toronto-Vancouver4x daily
Toronto-Calgary6x daily
Toronto-Edmonton3x daily
Toronto-Regina3x weekly
Toronto-Saskatoon3x weekly
Toronto-Winnipeg3x daily
Toronto-London, ON6x weekly
Toronto-Ottawa4x daily
Toronto-Thunder Bay4x weekly
Toronto-Montreal4x daily
Toronto-Quebec City4x weekly
Toronto-Charlottetown6x weekly
Toronto-Deer Lake4x weekly
Toronto-Fredericton5x weekly
Toronto-Halifax3x daily
Toronto-Moncton5x weekly
Toronto-St. John’s (NL)1x daily

SASKATCHEWAN AND MANITOBA

Brandon-Calgary3x weekly
Regina-Calgary3x daily
Regina-Edmonton5x weekly
Regina-Toronto3x weekly
Saskatoon-Calgary3x daily
Saskatoon-Edmonton6x weekly
Saskatoon-Winnipeg2x weekly
Saskatoon-Toronto3x weekly
Winnipeg-Vancouver6x weekly
Winnipeg-Calgary3x daily
Winnipeg-Edmonton6x weekly
Winnipeg-Saskatoon2x weekly
Winnipeg-Thunder Bay2x weekly
Winnipeg-Toronto3x daily

QUEBEC

Montreal-Calgary6x weekly
Montreal-Toronto4x daily
Quebec City-Toronto4x weekly

ATLANTIC CANADA

Charlottetown-Toronto6x weekly
Deer Lake-Toronto4x weekly
Fredericton-Toronto5x weekly
Halifax-Calgary1x daily
Halifax-Ottawa2x weekly
Halifax-Toronto3x daily
Halifax- St. John’s (NL)1x daily
Halifax-Sydney2x weekly
Moncton-Toronto5x weekly
St. John’s (NL)-Toronto1x daily
St. John’s (NL)-Halifax1x daily
Sydney-Halifax2x weekly

At this time, the airline is planning on operating the following transborder and international routes from July 16 to September 4, 2020.

MarketPlanned frequency
Calgary – Los Angeles3x weekly
Calgary – Las Vegas2x weekly
Calgary – Atlanta4x weekly
Calgary – London Gatwick3 weekly effective August 20
Calgary – Paris2x weekly effective August 20
Vancouver – Los Angeles3x weekly
Toronto – LaGuardia5x weekly
Toronto – Orlando1x weekly
Toronto – Cancun1x weekly
Toronto – Montego Bay1x weekly

Temporary domestic route suspensions for July 16 – September 4, 2020.

MarketPrevious frequency
Vancouver – Nanaimo2x daily
Vancouver – Comox1x daily
Vancouver – Saskatoon1x daily
Vancouver – Cranbrook1x daily
Vancouver – Ottawa2x daily
Vancouver – Montreal13x weekly
Vancouver – Halifax6x weekly
Kelowna – Victoria2x daily
Calgary – Prince George1x daily
Calgary – London, ON2x daily
Calgary – Quebec City4x weekly
Calgary – Charlottetown4x weekly
Calgary – St. John’s1x daily
Edmonton – Yellowknife1x daily
Edmonton – Ottawa4x weekly
Edmonton – Montreal3x weekly
Edmonton – Halifax10x weekly
Edmonton – St. John’s4x weekly
Winnipeg – Regina1x daily
Winnipeg – Ottawa1x daily
Winnipeg – Montreal1x daily
Winnipeg – Halifax1x daily
Toronto – Victoria4x weekly
Toronto – Kelowna1x daily
Toronto – Sydney6x weekly
Halifax – Montreal2x daily

3 flights to Vancouver International Airport possibly exposed to COVID-19

News from CTV News – link to story

Regan Hasegawa, Multi-skilled Journalist, CTV News Vancouver | July 2, 2020

YVR

Planes are seen on the tarmac at YVR in this photo from April 2019. (Gary Barndt / CTV News Vancouver)

VANCOUVER — Health officials are warning passengers on three flights that recently landed at Vancouver International Airport YVR to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is not sharing which seats on the planes were affected. As a result, everyone who was on the flights is asked to self-isolate for two weeks from the day they landed in Vancouver.

These are the affected flights:

  •  Air Canada flight 217 from Saskatoon on June 16.
  •  Air Canada flight 557 from Los Angeles on June 18.
  •  Flair Airlines flight 8102 from Toronto on June 21.

Travellers on the flights won’t be contacted directly, as health officials stopped that practice back in March.

All airline passengers are encouraged to check the BCCDC website regularly for two weeks after they arrive back in B.C. to ensure their flight has not been exposed to the virus.  

Air Canada Discontinues Service on 30 Domestic Regional Routes and Closes Eight Stations in Canada

From Air Canada

Regional flying rationalized due to COVID-19 and government travel restrictions, part of airline’s Cost Reduction Program to reduce cash burn

MONTREAL, June 30, 2020  /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada said today that it is indefinitely suspending service on 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports in Canada. 

These structural changes to Air Canada’s domestic regional network are being made as a result of continuing weak demand for both business and leisure travel due to COVID-19 and provincial and federal government-imposed travel restrictions and border closures, which are diminishing prospects for a near-to-mid-term recovery.

As the company has previously reported, Air Canada expects the industry’s recovery will take a minimum of three years. As a consequence, other changes to its network and schedule, as well as further service suspensions, will be considered over the coming weeks as the airline takes steps to decisively reduce its overall cost structure and cash burn rate.

A full list of route suspensions and station closures is below.

As a result of COVID-19, Air Canada reported a net loss of $1.05 billion in the first quarter of 2020, including a net cash-burn in March of $688 million. The carrier has undertaken a range of structural changes including significant cost savings and liquidity measures, of which today’s announced service suspensions form part. Other measures include:

  • A workforce reduction of approximately 20,000 employees, representing more than 50 per cent of its staff, achieved through layoffs, severances, early retirements and special leaves;
  • A company-wide Cost Reduction and Capital Deferral Program, that has to date identified around $1.1 billion in savings;
  • A reduction of its system-wide capacity by approximately 85 per cent in the second quarter compared to last year’s second quarter and an expected third quarter capacity reduction of at least 75% from the third quarter of 2019;
  • The permanent removal of 79 aircraft from its mainline and Rouge fleets;
  • And raising approximatively $5.5 billion in liquidity since March 13, 2020, through a series of debt, aircraft and equity financings.

Further initiatives are being considered.

Route Suspensions

The following routes will be suspended indefinitely as per applicable regulatory notice requirements. Affected customers will be contacted by Air Canada and offered options, including alternative routings where available.

Maritimes/Newfoundland and Labrador:

  • Deer Lake-Goose Bay;
  • Deer Lake-St. John’s;
  • Fredericton-Halifax;
  • Fredericton-Ottawa;
  • Moncton-Halifax;
  • Saint John-Halifax;
  • Charlottetown-Halifax;
  • Moncton-Ottawa;
  • Gander-Goose Bay;
  • Gander-St. John’s;
  • Bathurst-Montreal;
  • Wabush-Goose Bay;
  • Wabush-Sept-Iles;
  • Goose Bay-St. John’s.

Quebec/Ontario:

  • Baie Comeau-Montreal;
  • Baie Comeau-Mont Joli;
  • Gaspé-Iles de la Madeleine;
  • Gaspé-Quebec City;
  • Sept-Iles-Quebec City;
  • Val d’Or-Montreal;
  • Mont Joli-Montreal;
  • Rouyn-Noranda-Val d’Or;
  • Kingston-Toronto;
  • London-Ottawa;
  • North Bay-Toronto
  • Windsor-Montreal

Western Canada: 

  • Regina-Winnipeg;
  • Regina-Saskatoon;
  • Regina-Ottawa;
  • Saskatoon-Ottawa.

Station Closures

The following are the Regional Airports where Air Canada is closing its stations:

  • Bathurst (New Brunswick)
  • Wabush (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Gaspé (Quebec)
  • Baie Comeau (Quebec)
  • Mont Joli (Quebec)
  • Val d’Or (Quebec)
  • Kingston (Ontario)
  • North Bay (Ontario)

Saskatoon airport lays off workers due to ‘devastating’ COVID-19 impact

News from Global News – link to story and video

BY RYAN KESSLER GLOBAL NEWS | Posted June 16, 2020

Skyxe Saskatoon Airport is making layoffs and spending cuts in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has caused a steep drop in air travel.

In an email to Global News, the organization’s chief financial officer cited a “devastating financial impact on the organization.”

“As the result of COVID-19, Skyxe Saskatoon Airport has experienced an unprecedented decline in passenger traffic averaging more than 95 per cent from 2019 levels,” said Nick Purich, who is also the airport’s vice-president, corporate administration.

A total of 1.49-million passengers went through the airport in 2019. Officials don’t expect traffic volumes to return to 2019 levels within the next three years.

As a result, the airport has reduced its organization size by about 15 per cent through a combination of layoffs and voluntary retirements.

“This decision was necessary to preserve the long-term viability of Skyxe and its ability to serve the travelling public,” Purich said.

Prior to any retirements or layoffs, the airport employed 40 people. Purich declined to comment on specific affected departments but said “most areas” of the organization were impacted.

Four employees received layoff notices Monday, according to the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE), which represents Saskatoon airport workers.

“There’s one position from the airfield, there’s somebody from building maintenance, somebody from finance and somebody from the pass office,” said Mike Tennant, regional vice-president of UCTE.

Skyxe’s CFO said the layoffs are permanent and a hiring freeze is now in effect with no projected end date, which concerns Tennant.

“That’s a person, an individual, a human being losing their livelihood,” Tennant said.

“But what (the airport is) telling us is that this is what they need to do to survive, so we can just try to work with them, try to minimize the impact on the members.”

The airport has also “aggressively” reduced its operating expenses, including contracted services. Purich said contracted work includes parking and ground transportation support, some security and information desk personnel and maintenance workers.

It’s not clear how many contract workers may have lost their jobs, but Purich said contract services have reduced by 75 per cent due to COVID-19.

Capital spending is also being scaled back by about 80 per cent from what was initially planned for 2020. Planned work included apron and taxiways, along with additional aircraft overnight parking.

“We reduced our capital budget to only projects that were in progress when the pandemic hit and were substantially underway or absolutely critical for safety and security,” Purich explained.

The airport completed two significant projects in 2019: the replacement of its baggage system and the redesign and redevelopment of its check-in hall.

Watch: What to expect when visiting the Saskatoon airport

WestJet releases July schedule to get Canadians exploring again

From WestJet, an Alberta Partnership

Airline continues to focus on significant safety and hygiene enhancements to ensure a safe travel journey

CALGARY, AB, June 15, 2020 /CNW/ – WestJet today released its updated July schedule, developed to allow Canadians the pleasure of summer travel while economically supporting communities across the country in safely reopening travel and domestic tourism. In addition, the airline has added flights to select U.S. markets.

To ensure guests can book with confidence, the airline maintains its stringent Safety Above All hygiene program and continues to provide flexibility in booking, change and cancellation policies.

“Today’s schedule reflects our commitment to orderly and safe travel while providing steps to allow Canadians to get out, explore, and take part in critical economic activities like staying in hotels, eating out, visiting tourist attractions or simply just travelling to see friends and family,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “Governments and Canadians from coast-to-coast are working together to lessen the impact of this pandemic and we are grateful that these efforts have put us in a position to add more options for travel this July.”

From July 5 through August 4, 2020, WestJet will offer operations to 45 destinations including 39 in Canada, five in the U.S. and one in Mexico an increase of approximately 102 per cent more flights from June, but down 76 per cent from July 2019.

Continued von zur Muehlen, “As we emerge from the pandemic, health vigilance must be balanced with the gradual reopening of our economy. WestJet has done our part and spent millions of dollars to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests and our people. We’re ready to get Canadians flying.”

On March 22, WestJet suspended its international and transborder operations. The airline’s schedule now contains flights to key transborder and international destinations including Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL) and Las Vegas (LAS).

“Jurisdictions around the world are opening, allowing citizens to begin flying once again which is kickstarting their economies for recovery. We’ve heard from the communities we serve and look forward to having Canadians safely participate and stimulate domestic tourism this summer,” stated von zur Muehlen.

At this time, the airline is planning on operating the following domestic routes and frequencies from July 5 – August 4.

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2 domestic flights to Saskatoon flagged for COVID-19

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Both flights were travelling to Saskatoon, happened in late May

CBC News · Posted: Jun 08, 2020

A federal government website says two flights travelling to Saskatoon in late May contained people infected with the coronavirus. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC)

The federal government says two flights headed to Saskatoon carried passengers later diagnosed with COVID-19.

A federal website says Air Canada Flight 1129 from Toronto to Saskatoon on May 29 transported a person found to have the novel coronavirus.

One day later, WestJet Flight 3370 from Calgary to Saskatoon carried a passenger later found to have been infectious.

The website said rows four to 10 of the WestJet flight were affected. Row information on the Air Canada flight was not provided.

Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 is asked to use the federal government’s self-assessment tool.

The provincial government asks people who might be infected to phone the Saskatchewan Healthline at 811.

WestJet Update: 10 May • Schedule to 4 July 2020

From Westjet – 10 May 2020

WESTJET UPDATES SCHEDULE FROM JUNE 5 THROUGH JULY 4, 2020 

WestJet has updated its schedule from June 5 through to July 4, 2020 to address significantly reduced guest demand for air travel while continuing to keep critical economic lifelines open for essential travel and cargo. At this time, WestJet is also extending its temporary transborder and international route suspensions through June 25, 2020. Guests with travel booked after June 5 through July 4, will be proactively notified of their options. Full schedule details are available on westjet.com

It is through the hard work and dedication of teams across WestJet that we continue to provide safe, on-time air travel throughout Canada. We thank all WestJetters and our airport partners for their support during this time. For information on WestJet’s COVID-19 response including health, safety and cleaning protocols, visit the WestJet COVID-19 site here

Domestic route suspensions from June 5 through July 4, 2020 

Market Previous frequency 
Vancouver – Nanaimo 2x daily 
Vancouver – Comox 1x daily 
Vancouver – Regina 4x weekly 
Vancouver – Saskatoon 1x daily 
Vancouver – Winnipeg 3x daily 
Vancouver – Fort St. John 1x daily 
Vancouver – Cranbrook 1x daily 
Vancouver – Ottawa 2x daily 
Vancouver – Montreal 6 to 13x weekly 
Vancouver – Halifax 6x weekly 
Kelowna – Victoria 12x weekly 
Calgary – Prince George 1x daily 
Calgary – Ottawa 2x daily 
Calgary – Montreal 2x daily 
Calgary – London, ON 1 to 2x daily 
Calgary – Halifax 3x daily 
Calgary – St. John’s 1x daily 
Edmonton – Comox 8x weekly 
Edmonton – Victoria 20x weekly 
Edmonton – Kelowna 7x daily 
Edmonton – Grande Prairie 13x weekly 
Edmonton – Yellowknife 1x daily 
Edmonton – Saskatoon 3x daily 
Edmonton – Regina 3x daily 
Edmonton – Winnipeg 20x weekly 
Edmonton – Ottawa 4x weekly 
Edmonton – Montreal 3x weekly 
Edmonton – Halifax 10x weekly 
Edmonton – St. John’s 4x weekly 
Winnipeg – Ottawa 1x daily 
Winnipeg – Regina 1x daily 
Winnipeg – Halifax 1x daily 
Toronto – Victoria 4x weekly 
Toronto – Regina 10x weekly 
Toronto – Saskatoon 12x weekly 
Halifax – Montreal 2x daily 

The following domestic markets will have a new seasonal start date: 

Market New start date 
Calgary – Quebec City 6-Jul-20 
Calgary – Charlottetown 5-Jul-20 
Winnipeg – Montreal 5-Jul-20 
Toronto – Kelowna 5-Jul-20 
Toronto – Sydney, NS 5-Jul-20 

WESTJET CARGO DELIVERS FLOWERS FOR MOTHER’S DAY

While we may be physically distancing, we know moms will still be feeling the love today. Over the last three weeks, WestJet Cargo has helped deliver 15 tonnes of flowers across Canada — just in time for Mother’s Day.

WestJet Update: 29 April – Domestic Schedule Changes to June 4

From WestJet

WESTJET MAKES FREQUENCY UPDATES TO ITS DOMESTIC FLIGHT SCHEDULE FROM MAY 5 THROUGH JUNE 4  

WestJet is making additional changes to its domestic flight schedule, from May 5 through June 4, 2020. These changes are required to address significantly reduced guest demand during the COVID-19 crisis.   

The following are frequency reductions from May 5-June 4, 2020:  

Market  Previous frequency  Updated frequency 
Calgary-Lethbridge 6x weekly 3x weekly 
Calgary-Medicine Hat 6x weekly 3x weekly 
Calgary-Cranbrook 6x weekly 3x weekly 
Winnipeg-Saskatoon 3x weekly 2x weekly 
Winnipeg-Thunder Bay 3x weekly 2x weekly 

The following city pairs have been temporarily removed from May 5-June 4, 2020:  

Market Previous frequency 
Halifax-Montreal 1x weekly 

These changes are in addition to the network updates announced on Monday, April 22, when the airline announced removing approximately 4,000 weekly flights or 600 daily flights. 

While some city pairings have been temporarily removed, we continue to serve the 38 Canadian airports to which we currently operate, ensuring that those with essential travel requirements can get where they need to be and that cargo goods like blood, medical products and food supplies can continue to flow.   

The overall demand for travel remains fluid during this ongoing pandemic and we continue to evaluate further reductions. Bookings and full schedule details are available at westjet.com. All transborder and international routes remain suspended at this time through June 4, 2020.  

REPATRIATION FLIGHTS 

In collaboration with Government of Canada, WestJet has added flights to repatriate Canadians from Costa Rica to Toronto today and on May 2, along with a flight from Belize to Toronto on May 6. Seats are available for booking on westjet.com.  

Next scheduled repatriation flights: 

  • Today, April 29, 2020 from San José, Costa Rica (SJO) to Toronto 
  • May 2, 2020 from San José, Costa Rica (SJO) to Toronto 
  • May 6, 2020 from Belize (BZE) to Toronto