WestJet to restore service to airports in Atlantic Canada, Quebec City

WestJet finalizes agreement with union that represents more than 3,100 cabin crew

WestJet is restoring service to 6 airports in Jap Canada that was suspended final fall because of the pandemic, the Calgary-based airline introduced Wednesday.

Flights out and in of Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Sydney and Quebec Metropolis will resume starting June 24 via to June 30.

Service between St. John’s and Toronto, which was indefinitely suspended in October, can even resume on June 24.

The resumption of the flights will restore WestJet’s full community of pre-COVID-19 home airports, the airline stated.

“Our focus stays on the protected restart of air journey. We ask that federal and provincial governments work with us to supply readability and certainty to Canadians, together with journey insurance policies that assist financial restoration and restore jobs,” stated WestJet president and CEO Ed Sims in a launch.

‘The deciding issue will likely be demand’

WestJet government John Weatherill introduced Wednesday that the airline plans to renew service to 5 cities in Jap Canada that it had suspended starting in November because of the pandemic. 0:51

The resumption of service to Atlantic Canada and Quebec Metropolis will likely be gradual and adjusted because the airline gauges what number of flights are warranted, WestJet’s chief industrial officer, John Weatherill, stated at a digital press convention on Wednesday.

Initially, the airline will function day by day flights between Toronto and St. John’s, Fredericton, Moncton and Quebec Metropolis. It can additionally run 11 flights per week between Toronto and Charlottetown and 6 per week between St. John’s and Halifax.

“The deciding issue will likely be demand,” he stated. “Our expectation is that demand will likely be very excessive this summer time.”

The resumed flights will see the airline deliver again some laid-off flight attendants and different workers, nevertheless it’s not going that any pilot positions will likely be reactivated within the quick time period, Weatherill stated.

Spherical 2 of the Atlantic bubble is predicted to start by April 19, the Council of Atlantic Premiers introduced final week.

Meaning travellers from exterior Atlantic Canada might want to self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in any of the 4 provinces.

Nevertheless, Sims stated he is hopeful that by late June, a virtually full vaccine rollout will make it doable to section out such onerous journey restrictions.

On the query of when worldwide flights will resume, Andrew Gibbons, WestJet’s director of presidency relations, stated the federal coverage that requires passengers to quarantine at a resort upon arrival have to be eradicated earlier than that may occur.

“The present resort coverage is a deterrent to journey, and it is intentionally designed to dampen demand,” he stated. “So we now have requested that that coverage transition as of Could 1 to a extra conventional regime round testing and cut back quarantine. So that’s our request and expectation.”

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