WestJet provides 11 routes in Western Canada; CEO urges home journey

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WestJet Airways Ltd. introduced that it might be including 11 new home routes throughout Western Canada beginning June in a push in direction of its COVID-19 restoration.

The airline can be providing nonstop service to 15 communities in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, in response to a information launch issued Friday.

New service routes would join: Toronto’s Pearson Airport to Vancouver Island Airport; Ottawa Worldwide Airport to Victoria Worldwide Airport; prairie provinces to tourism locations in British Columbia via eight new routes.

This follows an announcement made earlier within the week that companies could be restored to Atlantic Canada and Quebec Metropolis.

“As we glance to the approaching months with cautious optimism, we all know our restart agenda can be pivotal to Canada’s financial restoration,” WestJet President and Chief Govt Officer Ed Sims stated in an announcement. “Stimulating air journey advantages all Canadians and helps these hardest hit; with one in each 10 Canadian jobs tied to journey and tourism, the ripple impact advantages our complete nation.” 

Sims additional defined that the business is at an “inflection level” with vaccines and journey precautions. Sims additionally strongly inspired Canadians to journey inside their very own nation to help the economic system.

“If Canadians had been to shift two-thirds of their deliberate international-leisure journey spend in direction of home tourism, it might assist maintain 150,000 jobs and speed up restoration by one yr, all whereas seeing what Canada has to supply,” he stated.

The airline business has been deeply impacted by international journey interruptions attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting WestJet to chop the equal of 1,000 jobs and imposing a hiring freeze. The corporate additionally reported a greater than 80 per cent plunge in seat capability via January and February.

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New routes embrace:

Toronto – Fort McMurray  2x weekly (Wed, Solar)  June 6, 2021 
Kelowna – Saskatoon  2x weekly (Thu, Solar)  June 24, 2021 
Kelowna – Regina  2x weekly (Thu, Solar)  June 24, 2021 
Saskatoon – Victoria  2x weekly (Thu, Solar)  June 24, 2021 
Winnipeg – Victoria  3x weekly (Thu, Sat, Solar)  June 24, 2021 
Edmonton – Kamloops  2x weekly (Thu, Solar)  June 24, 2021 
Edmonton – Penticton  2x weekly (Thu, Solar)  June 24, 2021 
Edmonton – Nanaimo  2x weekly (Fri, Solar)  June 25, 2021 
Prince George – Abbotsford  2x weekly (Fri, Solar)  June 25, 2021 
Ottawa – Victoria  1x weekly (Sat)  June 26, 2021 
Toronto – Comox  1x weekly (Sat)  June 26, 2021 

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