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Air Transat and WestJet launch Transatlantic codeshare

Air Transat and WestJet today have launched a new transatlantic codeshare.

WestJet’s “WS” code is now activated for sale on select Air Transat operated flights to/from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Croatia.  Connections via Montreal and Toronto are now available for flight dates beginning May 17, 2022.

 

On May 4, 2022, Air Transat’s “TS” code will be activated on select WestJet flights, and from that date Air Transat will also offer itineraries connecting select WestJet flights with appealing Air Transat European destinations.

Subject to connectivity between their scheduled flights, Air Transat and WestJet will both offer the following transatlantic routings:

WestJet Operated Flights

Air Transat “TS” Codeshare
Applied

Connection

Via

Air Transat Operated Flights

WestJet “WS” Codeshare Applied

Deer Lake

St. John’s

Halifax

Sydney

Fredericton

Moncton

Charlottetown

Montreal

Quebec City 

London, ON

Ottawa

Thunder Bay

Toronto

Winnipeg

Regina

Saskatoon

Boston

N.Y. LaGuardia

Montreal

Toronto

France:

Italy:

 

Spain:

 

Portugal:

 

Switzerland:

 

Croatia:

Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Nice

 

Lamezia, Rome

Malaga

 

Faro

 

Basel-Mulhouse

 

Zagreb

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WestJet takes off for London’s Heathrow Airport

WestJet today, celebrates the completion of its inaugural flight from Calgary International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport with the arrival of flight WS18 at 12:00 pm local time. This new service complements WestJet’s already existing flights to London-Gatwick with the airline offering up to nine times weekly service between Calgary and London this summer.

Chris Hedlin, WestJet Vice President, Network & Alliances, Colleen Tynan, WestJet Vice President, Airports, Chris Miles, Vice President Operations and Infrastructure, Calgary Airport Authority & WestJet Cabin Crew Employees (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

WestJet today, celebrates the completion of its inaugural flight from Calgary International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport with the arrival of flight WS18 at 12:00 pm local time. This new service complements WestJet’s already existing flights to London-Gatwick with the airline offering up to nine times weekly service between Calgary and London this summer.

WestJet is in the hunt to acquire Sunwing Airlines

Sunwing Airlines’ days may be numbered. According to Bloomberg, WestJet is nearing a deal to acquire the carrier.

WestJet requires mandatory employee vaccination and mandatory traveller vaccination

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-7CT WL C-GQWJ (msn 35505) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 955621.

WestJet made this announcement:

The WestJet Group has shared the evolution of its Safety Above All program to reflect mandatory employee vaccination and mandatory traveller vaccination, in line with the Government of Canada mandate.

Effective October 30, 2021, The WestJet Group will implement the federal government’s mandatory vaccination policy for air travelers and will operate as a fully vaccinated airline, managing minimal accommodations pursuant to human rights law.

Mandatory vaccination policy for travelers

For travel on or after October 30, 2021, the implementation of the federal government’s mandatory vaccination policy for travelers marks a major change to the Canadian travel journey.

For Phase I, for travel between October 30 and November 29, 2021, in order to travel with The WestJet Group, guests must prepare to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a valid PCR test to demonstrate the requirements for travel.

For Phase II, for travel on or after November 30, 2021, only proof of vaccination for guests 12 years or older, with narrow exceptions, will be acceptable for travel on the WestJet Group.

The WestJet Group mandatory employee vaccination policy

As announced, effective October 30, 2021, WestJet and Swoop will transition to fully vaccinated airlines with the implementation of the company’s mandatory employee vaccination policy.

All WestJet Group employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and full vaccination status is a requirement of employment for all future employees hired by the WestJet Group, with accommodations managed pursuant to human rights law.

Employees who failed to achieve full vaccination status by October 30, 2021, face unpaid leave and termination of employment.

International travel vaccination passport

The WestJet Group welcomes a standardized and digital proof of vaccination that will enable Canadians to securely and quickly demonstrate their vaccination status in order to travel abroad and is awaiting additional details on timelines, nationwide availability and global acceptance.

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-7CT WL C-GQWJ (msn 35505) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 955621.

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WestJet Group announces mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all employees

WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-GURP (msn 64975) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 948007.

The WestJet Group has announced that effective October 30, 2021, all WestJet Group employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, full vaccination status will be a requirement of employment for all future employees hired by the WestJet Group.

The WestJet Group will evaluate and accommodate those employees who are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 either through medical or other exemption. Employees who fail to attest their vaccination status by September 24 or achieve full vaccination status by October 30, 2021, will face unpaid leave or termination of employment. As part of its vaccine mandate, the airline will not provide testing as an alternative to vaccination.

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Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-GURP (msn 64975) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 948007.

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WestJet restarts Calgary-Paris flights

WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-GUDO (msn 64976) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 954738.

WestJet on August 20 reinstated its position as the only airline to operate a nonstop route between Calgary and Paris with the departure of flight 10 from Calgary International Airport on the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

With the restart of service to Paris, WestJet becomes the airline serving the most European destinations, direct from its global hub in Calgary. WestJet introduced twice-weekly, nonstop, service between Calgary and Amsterdam (top, and below) on August 5 and is currently serving London (Gatwick) two times weekly, with both markets increasing to three-times weekly in September.

Air France codeshare partnership

The return of Calgary-Paris also restores WestJet’s longstanding codeshare partnership with Air France, giving Canadian business and leisure travelers the ability to seamlessly connect to and from 16 cities in greater Europe, including Rome, Venice, Athens and Lisbon. WestJet guests connecting through Air France are eligible to continue earning WestJet Dollars throughout their entire journey as they travel to their preferred European destinations.

Details of WestJet’s service between Calgary and Paris:

Route Frequency Start Date
Calgary – Paris 1x weekly Aug. 20 – October 29, 2021
Paris – Calgary 1x weekly Aug. 22 – October 31, 2021

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-GUDO (msn 64976) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 954738.

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WestJet extends sun-flight suspensions until June 4

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FNWD (msn 60517) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945667.

WestJet has announced it will extend its temporary suspension of international sun flights to destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean until June 4, 2021.

Photo: Adrian Edwards.

“We are extending our suspension with the clear expectation that as more Canadians are vaccinated, government policy will transition,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “We continue to advocate for the replacement of mandatory hotel quarantines with a testing regime that is equitable and consistent with global standards at all points of entry into our country. Alongside an accelerated and successful vaccine rollout, this policy transition will support the safe restart of travel and help stimulate the Canadian economy, where one in ten jobs are tourism related.”

Guests with affected itineraries will be proactively notified of the cancellations. Since November 1, 2020, WestJet has been providing refunds for all travelers, regardless of fare class booked where WestJet initiated the cancellation.

“We remain focused on a long-term solution that will serve the best interests of Canadians,” continued Sims. “A safe travel-restart framework is the most effective way to support those interests and restore jobs.”

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FNWD (msn 60517) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945667.

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WestJet’s Christmas Miracle: The Season to Give

WestJet issued this holiday message and video:

This year, Christmas looks different for Canadians and airline communities from coast-to-coast. This season’s WestJet Christmas Miracle: the season to give video (below) highlights why it’s important for the spirit of giving to remain strong during difficult times.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, WestJet, with the help of WestJetters, have donated more than 1.3 million items nationwide. For this year’s Christmas Miracle, the airline hopes to inspire this same giving.

“Even though we may be apart, by giving together we can inspire new traditions and uplift spirits during these challenging times,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “Throughout the pandemic, Canadians have been stepping up for each other and this holiday season we encourage everyone to celebrate the spirit of Christmas by giving from the heart and supporting local organizations with acts of care.”

To find out how to donate click here.

During this year’s Christmas Miracle, WestJet aircraft and delivery vehicles took to the skies and the roads as WestJetters set out close to home to safely deliver items and care packages for charitable partners, community organizations and healthcare facilities. WestJetters donning Blue Santa hats and following local safety protocols, delivered blankets, personal protective equipment and food to shelters, hot meals to frontline workers and gifts to seniors and children to spread the holiday spirit. A full breakdown of items donated throughout 2020 is available here.

The Christmas Miracle partners that shared in WestJet’s holiday spirit and featured in this year’s video include: Inn from the Cold, Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta, Calgary Health Foundation, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, The Grande Spirit Foundation, The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation.

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WestJet to offer approved pre-flight testing for Hawaii travel

WestJet has announced it has collaborated with the State of Hawaii to begin offering a pre-flight COVID-19 testing program for guests traveling to the islands. A negative test result, from WestJet laboratory partner DynaLIFE, is required within 72-hours of departure to Hawaii and will exempt the guest from the state’s required 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

The airline will begin the testing program in partnership with DynaLIFE in Alberta for guests holding a WestJet-ticketed itinerary to Hawaii within 72-hours. Details can be found here: westjet.com/covidtesting. While the testing, which costs $150 CAD per person and is payable by the guest, is currently only available in Alberta, the testing is open to all Canadian residents. Guests travelling to Hawaii are responsible for ensuring they receive a test within 72-hours of their flight departing to Hawaii in order to avoid quarantine and will be required to display their negative test result prior to boarding. If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of the trip, the traveller must quarantine for 14 days or the length of the stay, whichever is shorter.

All visitors intending to visit Hawaii must register prior to travel: Hawaii entrance requirements are found at https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/.

Earlier this week, the airline announced its December schedule including twice-weekly, non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and Honolulu and Calgary and Maui.

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Calgary – Maui 2x weekly 10:30 a.m. 2:12 p.m. December 19, 2020
Maui – Calgary 2x weekly 10 a.m. 6:53 p.m. December 20, 2020
Calgary – Honolulu 1x weekly 11 a.m. 2:25 p.m. December 20, 2020
Honolulu – Calgary 1x weekly 11 a.m. 7:56 p.m. December 21, 2020
Vancouver – Maui 3x weekly 10:30 a.m. 3:02 p.m. December 18, 2020
Maui – Vancouver 3x weekly 10:30 a.m. 6:08 p.m. December 19, 2020
Vancouver – Honolulu 3x weekly 1 p.m. 5:34 p.m. December 18, 2020
Honolulu – Vancouver 3x weekly 10 a.m. 5:45 p.m. December 19, 2020

On November 2, YYC Calgary International Airport began hosting the COVID-19 testing trial supported by the Governments of Canada and Alberta, trialing a reduced quarantine period upon arrival in Alberta with a negative test result, while protecting Canadians from COVID-19.

WestJet suspends all international and trans-border flights

WestJet Airlines made this announcement:

On March 16, Prime Minister Trudeau made an explicit declaration to all Canadians abroad that it is time to come home. Based on this statement and the recommendations to Canadians to control the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, we have made impactful decisions related to our operations.

On Sunday, March 22 at 11:59 p.m. MDT, we will suspend scheduled commercial operations for all international and transborder flights for a 30 day period. To be clear, this means our final commercially scheduled flights from international and transborder destinations will launch on Sunday night by 11:59 p.m. local time; after that, we will be operating rescue and repatriation flights with our partners.

On Wednesday, March 18 at 11:59 p.m. MDT, WestJet will suspend all outbound international ticket sales for travel until Sunday, March 22 at 11:59 p.m. MDT, so we are no longer sending Canadians out of the country and can instead focus on bringing them home.

To assist Canadians in returning home on short notice, we are in the process of lowering prices on our remaining seats into Canada in all cabins.

In addition, we will also reduce our domestic schedule by approximately 50 per cent. At this point, all network changes are in place for the next 30 days.

WestJetters are known for our level of care and this situation is no different.  While this is a difficult time, we now have the responsibility as a Canadian airline to bring our citizens home.

-Statement from Ed Sims, WestJet President and Chief Executive Officer

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