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WestJet to return to 95 destinations this winter

WestJet made this announcement:

This winter, WestJet is set to restore service and connectivity to more than 95 destinations across the airline’s domestic, transborder, sun and international network as of December.

Strengthening sun service and transborder flights from Toronto

With the addition of seven returning flights from Toronto, WestJet will offer non-stop service to 55 destinations including 26 international, 17 domestic and 12 transborder this winter from Toronto.

  • Toronto – Boston
  • Toronto – Miami
  • Toronto – Grand Cayman
  • Toronto – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Toronto – San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Toronto – Roatan
  • Toronto – Kelowna*

Increasing sun flights and non-stop options to Hawaii from Calgary

As the airline with the most flights this winter from Calgary, WestJet is set to offer non-stop service to 61 destinations from Calgary including 30 domestic, 19 transborder and 12 international destinations from YYC with the addition of the following non-stop flights.

  • Calgary – Fort Lauderdale
  • Calgary – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Calgary – Lihue
  • Calgary – Kona

WestJet continues to be the Canadian carrier that offers the most flights to Hawaii to the four major islands from Western Canada.

New nonstop sun flights for Winnipeg and Regina connectivity

WestJet is adding non-stop options to Cancun and Orlando with the return of international flights to Winnipeg. The airline will also restore four-times weekly non-stop service between Regina and Winnipeg.

  • Winnipeg – Cancun
  • Winnipeg – Orlando
  • Winnipeg – Regina

Connecting Edmonton and Honolulu non-stop

WestJet will connect guests between Edmonton and Honolulu beginning December 18, 2021. This winter the airline will serve 24 domestic, international and transborder destinations non-stop from Alberta’s capital city.

  • Edmonton – Honolulu, Hawaii

Service between Kelowna and Toronto to return for peak holiday travel

WestJet is increasing Kelowna’s non-stop options with the return of three-times weekly service between Toronto and Kelowna from December 17 to January 5, 2022.

  • Kelowna – Toronto*

Frequency and start dates of returning service added to WestJet’s winter schedule:

Route Frequency Start Date 
Toronto – Boston 4x weekly  December 17
Toronto – Miami 4x weekly  December 16
Toronto – Grand Cayman 1x weekly  December 16
Toronto – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 2x weekly  December 17
Toronto – Roatan 1x weekly  December 19
Toronto – San Juan, Puerto Rico 1x weekly  December 18
Toronto – Kelowna* 3x weekly  December 17 –
January 5, 2022
Calgary – Fort Lauderdale 1x weekly  December 18
Calgary – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 1x weekly  December 18
Calgary – Lihue 1x weekly  December 19
Calgary – Kona 1x weekly  December 19
Winnipeg – Cancun Up to 3x weekly  December 17
Winnipeg – Orlando 1x weekly  December 18
Winnipeg – Regina 4x weekly  December 16
Edmonton – Honolulu, Hawaii 1x weekly  December 18
Kelowna – Toronto* 3x weekly  December 17 –
January 5, 2022

 

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.

WestJet aircraft slide show:

WestJet to launch new service between Toronto and Dublin

WestJet has made this announcement:

Starting this spring, WestJet will provide guests with more options to connect from the airline’s Toronto hub with new flights between Toronto and Dublin. The new non-stop seasonal flights are set to operate four-times weekly, beginning on May 15, 2022 and will increase to daily by June 2, 2022.

With flights set to commence this spring, WestJet’s inaugural service between Toronto (YYZ) and Dublin (DUB) will operate on WestJet’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The flights will feature the airline’s newly redesigned Premium cabin, that offers new levels of privacy and comfort, including an enhanced inflight dining experience and wider 2X2 seat configuration.

Details of WestJet’s new seasonal service between Toronto and Dublin:

Route Frequency Start Date Departure Arrival
Toronto – Dublin 4x weekly May 15, 2022 9:10 p.m. 8:45 a.m. (+1)
Daily June 2, 2022
4x weekly October 1- October 28, 2022
Dublin – Toronto 4x weekly May 16, 2022 10:05 a.m. 12:40 p.m.
Daily June 3, 2022
4x weekly October 2 – October 29, 2022

Details of WestJet’s introductory fare service to Dublin from Toronto:

Route Total one-way all-in pricing Total round-trip all-in pricing
Toronto – Dublin $272 CAD* $499 CAD*

*From Canada Point of Sale, 200 seats available per direction to travel from May 15, 2022 to Jun 18, 2022, book by October 12, 2021Prices are inclusive of all taxes and fees.

WestJet introduces new flights to Scotland from Toronto

WestJet today announced new service between Toronto (Pearson) and Scotland with the addition of nonstop flights to Edinburgh and Glasgow beginning in Spring 2022. Adding to the airline’s international destination map, service between Edinburgh and Toronto is set to launch on June 2, 2022, while flights between Glasgow and Toronto will begin on May 20, 2022.

With the addition of Edinburgh to the airline’s international network, service between Toronto (YYZ) and Edinburgh (EDI) is set to operate three-times weekly effective June 2, 2022, while service between Toronto and Glasgow (GLA) will operate four-times weekly as of May 20, 2022.

By Spring 2022, WestJet will offer service to two Scottish destinations with service from Toronto to Edinburgh and Glasgow and the resumption of flights between Halifax and Glasgow.

Details of WestJet’s new services between Toronto and Scotland:

Route Frequency Start date
Toronto-Glasgow 4x weekly May 20, 2022
Toronto-Edinburgh* 3x weekly June 2, 2022

*New WestJet destination

WestJet restores the Calgary – Orange County route

WestJet today announced it is growing its California network. The airline is reintroducing nonstop service between Orange County/Anaheim and Calgary, initially operating twice weekly, beginning November 4, 2021, and quickly transitioning to three times weekly on December 7, 2021. Additionally, the airline moves from summer flights to providing year-round service between Calgary and San Francisco, operating twice weekly, beginning October 31, 2021.

Details of WestJet’s new service between Calgary and Orange County/Anaheim:

Route Frequency Start date
Calgary – Orange County/Anaheim 2x weekly November 4, 2021
3x weekly December 7, 2021
Orange County/Anaheim – Calgary 2x weekly November 4, 2021
3x weekly December 7, 2021

Details of WestJet’s new service between Calgary and San Francisco:

Route Frequency Start date
Calgary – San Francisco 2x weekly October 31, 2021
San Francisco – Calgary 2x weekly October 31, 2021

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.

WestJet aircraft slide show:

Canada mandates vaccinations for federally regulated airline employees

WestJet responded:

The WestJet Group today welcomed the announcement by Transport Minister Omar Alghabra regarding mandatory vaccinations for federally regulated airline employees.

“We continue to be a strong partner in Canada’s vaccination rollout and are working diligently to implement the government’s policy on mandatory vaccines for airline employees,” said Mark Porter, WestJet Executive Vice-President, People and Culture. “Vaccinations are the most effective way to ensure the safety of our guests and employees, while curbing the spread of COVID-19.”

“We understand our people will have questions and will be discussing with our employee and labour groups in real-time,” continued Mr. Porter. “We are seeking additional detail from the federal government on the requirement and are committed to working together to ensure the successful implementation of the policy by late October.”

WestJet currently has an active workforce of approximately 6,000 WestJetters, while 4000 remain inactive or furloughed. Swoop currently has an active workforce of 340 employees, while more than 170 remain inactive or furloughed.

The WestJet Group will adhere to the requirement for domestic travellers to be fully-vaccinated or tested prior to departure. The airline group is advocating that rapid-antigen testing is an acceptable, accessible and affordable alternative for unvaccinated travellers.

WestJet arrives in Amsterdam

WestJet celebrated the launch of its new route between Calgary and Amsterdam with the 8:55 p.m. MT departure of WS20, on the airline’s 787 Dreamliner (below). Thursday night’s flight was the airline’s first launch of new service to Europe after more than 18 months and marked a significant milestone in WestJet’s commitment to restoring its global network.

WestJet celebrates the inaugural flight of its new route between Calgary and Amsterdam. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

WestJet’s new service operates two-times weekly, increasing to three-times weekly on September 9.  All flights will be operated on WestJet’s 787 Dreamliner, featuring WestJet’s Business Cabin including lie-flat pods, dining on demand and WestJet’s award-winning caring service.

Details of WestJet’s service between Calgary and Amsterdam:

Route Frequency Start Date
Calgary – Amsterdam 2x weekly Aug. 5 – Sept. 5, 2021
3x weekly Sept. 9 – October 31, 2021
Amsterdam – Calgary 2x weekly Aug. 6 – Sept. 6, 2021
3x weekly Sept. 10 – November 1, 2021

 

WestJet to launch nonstop Calgary – Seattle/Tacoma service

WestJet today announced new nonstop service between Calgary, AB and Seattle/Tacoma, WA. As the airline with the most flights from Calgary, the new nonstop service to Seattle will operate four-times weekly beginning November 4, 2021, on WestJet Encore’s Q400 aircraft and will increase to two-times daily on May 19, 2022.

With Canada’s border restrictions easing on August 9, 2021, WestJet is continuing to build upon its network position as Western Canada’s largest air carrier with the introduction of new service between the two iconic cities.

Details of WestJet’s new service between Calgary and Seattle/Tacoma:

Route Frequency Start date
Calgary – Seattle 4x weekly November 4, 2021
6x weekly December 20, 2021
1x daily March 28, 2022
2x daily May 19, 2022
Seattle – Calgary 4x weekly November 4, 2021
6x weekly December 20, 2021
1x daily March 28, 2022
2x daily May 19, 2022

 

WestJet’s first nonstop flight from Calgary to Charlottetown takes off

WestJet on July 29 celebrated the launch of its new route between Calgary and Charlottetown with the departure and arrival of flight 630 and flight 631 between the communities. The new non-stop flights directly link Western Canada to Prince Edward Island for the first time and marks a positive sign for both region’s travel and tourism markets.

Upon flight 630’s arrival in Charlottetown, guests visiting from Calgary were greeted by Charlottetown Mayor Phillip Brown.

WestJet’s first non-stop flight from YYC to YYG is greeted with inaugural event upon landing in Charlottetown (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“The City of Charlottetown is thrilled about the announcement of the new direct flight from Calgary,” said Mayor Brown. “We are truly excited for this opportunity for more Canadians to experience everything our beautiful city has to offer. Thank you, WestJet, for your continued efforts to connect Canadians from coast to coast.”

“We are delighted to welcome WestJet’s new non-stop service from Calgary, connecting Western Canada with Prince Edward Island for the first time,” said Doug Newson, CEO, YYG Charlottetown Airport. “As Canadians start exploring our country once again, this service will provide a convenient option for Islanders now calling Alberta home and for new tourists wanting to explore our beautiful Island.”

WestJet’s new twice-weekly, non-stop service between Charlottetown and Calgary operates on Thursdays and Sunday. The service was previously set to begin in June 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.

Since 2005, WestJet has been a key part of the fabric of Prince Edward Island’s visitor economy and remains committed to investing in the recovery of Atlantic Canada from the COVID-19 crisis.

WestJet’s Charlottetown to Calgary service details

Route Peak Frequency Departure Arrival
Calgary – Charlottetown 2x weekly (Thursday/Saturday) 9:30 a.m. 5:05 p.m.
Charlottetown – Calgary 2x weekly (Thursday/Saturday) 5:50 p.m. 8:08 p.m.
*All times are local