WestJet to Restore Previously Suspended Regional Routes
WestJet is restoring routes previously suspended due to the pandemic including flights to the communities of Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Sydney and Quebec City. The route resumptions will restore the carrier’s pre-pandemic domestic airport network.
On Wednesday (March 24, 2021), Westjet announced that they will restore regional routes previously suspended due to the pandemic. The carrier will once again serve the communities of Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Sydney and Quebec City, fully restoring their pre-pandemic domestic airport network. Service is set to resume to/from five airports suspended last November from June 24th through June 30, 2021. Additionally, WestJet will resume service between St. John’s and Toronto, which was indefinitely suspended last October, on June 24th and the St. John’s-Halifax route will restart on May 6, 2021.
In Wednesday’s announcement, WestJet’s President and CEO, Ed Sims, said,
“We committed to return to the communities we left, as a result of the pandemic, and we will be restoring flights to these regions in the coming months, of our own volition. These communities have been a crucial factor in our success over our 25 years and it is critical for us to ensure they have access to affordable air service and domestic connectivity to drive their economic recovery.
“Our focus remains on the safe restart of air travel. We ask that federal and provincial governments work with us to provide clarity and certainty to Canadians, including travel policies that support economic recovery and restore jobs. Alongside an accelerated and successful vaccine rollout, we are hopeful that there will be an easing of onerous travel restrictions currently in place. We look forward to working together to safely reconnect Canadians to the region in the coming months.”
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 Link continue to connect most 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.