The carrier will add the Caribbean island of Bonaire to their winter network with weekly seasonal service from Toronto starting February 6, 2021. Bonaire is part of the Dutch Caribbean and is located in the Leeward Antilles.
On Friday (December 18, 2020), WestJet announced the addition of the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire to their winter network. The carrier will offer once-weekly service between Toronto and Bonaire, located in the Leeward Antilles, starting February 6, 2021. The route will be serviced with a next generation Boeing 737, featuring Premium and Economy Class cabins. Canadians traveling to Bonaire must receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure to be exempt from Bonaire’s mandatory 14-day quarantine. Upon arrival, travelers must present a medical certificate with a negative result. Predeparture tests for guests traveling from Ontario are available through LifeLabs for $199 (plus tax) at LifeLabs.com/FlyClear. WestJet reminds customers that upon return to Canada, they remain subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
In Friday’s route announcement, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer, Arved von zur Muehlen, said,
“Canadians have been asking for the addition of this diving and windsurfing paradise known for its pristine waters and rich marine life to our network. Bonaire is filled with safe activities for those seeking to getaway this winter and we look forward to connecting guests to the island's unique and unforgettable hospitality.”
Also commenting on the launch of service to Bonaire, Tourism Corporation Bonaire’s Director, Adely Susana-Jansen, added,
“On behalf of the Tourism Corporation Bonaire, we are extremely proud of the flight agreement entered with WestJet. Considering the pandemic we are going through, this is certainly a great asset to tourism of Bonaire. The TCB team is working hard with WestJet to prepare the marketing activities so that we can welcome our Canadian visitors with open arms in February.”
Prior to the Global COVID-19 pandemic, WestJet and subsidiary regional airlines, WestJet Encore and WestJet Link, offered scheduled service to over 110 destinations across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. WestJet and WestJet Encore continue to connect all 38 of the carrier’s Canadian domestic airports with reduced capacity, ensuring essential cargo and passenger connectivity. During these unprecedented times, the carrier has maintained their rating by Cirium as one of the top ten airlines for on-time performance in North America.