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WestJet Restores Service To Cape Breton And Other Routes Suspended Due To COVID-19

WestJet today announced it will restore flights to the communities that were suspended due to COVID-19.  This includes one daily flight from Sydney to Halifax.  Other cities to see service resume are Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, and Quebec City.

The reinstatement of service will restore WestJet’s complete network of pre-COVID-19 domestic airports.  The airline says it will continue to encourage Atlantic premiers to open Atlantic Canada to the rest of the country this summer.

“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,” said Ed Sims, WestJet, President and CEO.

“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.”

Service is set to resume to the five airports WestJet suspended service from in November, beginning June 24, 2021 through to June 30, 2021. In addition, service between St. John’s and Toronto, which was indefinitely suspended in October, will resume effective June 24, 2021. Following a temporary suspension, the restart of service between St. John’s and Halifax will be advanced from June 24, 2021 to May 6, 2021. Full schedule details and restart dates are outlined below.

“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,” continued Sims.

Recognizing the investments that WestJet’s travel and tourism partners in the regions need to make to begin to recover from the pandemic, the airline will continue to encourage the Atlantic premiers to advance their efforts to ensure the region is open to Canadians this summer.

“Alongside an accelerated and successful vaccine rollout, we are hopeful that there will be an easing of onerous travel restrictions currently in place,” said Sims. “We look forward to working together to safely reconnect Canadians to the region in the coming months.”

Planned Network Service Resumptions:

Route Frequency Planned restart date
St. John’s-Halifax 6x weekly May 6, 2021
Charlottetown-Toronto 11x weekly June 24, 2021
St. John’s-Toronto 1x daily June 24, 2021
Fredericton-Toronto 1x daily June 26, 2021
Quebec City-Toronto 1x daily June 28, 2021
Sydney-Halifax 1x daily June 28, 2021
Moncton-Toronto 1x daily June 30, 2021

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