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WestJet cuts flying to Mexico and Caribbean at request of Canadian government

Jan 29, 2021

The WestJet Group today announced it would temporarily cease international flying to 14 sun destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean in response to a request from the Government of Canada.

“The government asked, and we agreed,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “While we know that air travel is responsible for less than two per cent of cases since the start of the crisis, and even less today, we recognize the Government of Canada’s ask is a precautionary measure. We also note that the overwhelming majority of quarantine exemptions, well over 90 per cent in fact, are connected to land borders and not air travel. We have responded to their request and will suspend service to destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.”

Effective Sunday, January 31 at 12:01 a.m. ET, WestJet will suspend southbound operations to the following destinations until April 30. Over the subsequent two weeks, WestJet will work to bring our guests already in destination back to Canada.

Vancouver – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Vancouver – Cancun, Mexico

Vancouver – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Calgary – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Calgary – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Calgary – Cancun, Mexico,

Calgary – Liberia, Costa Rica

Edmonton – Cancun, Mexico

Edmonton – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Toronto – Cancun, Mexico

Toronto – Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Toronto – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Toronto – Kingston, Jamaica

Toronto – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Toronto – Liberia, Costa Rica

Toronto – Varadero, Cuba

Toronto – Saint Lucia

Toronto – Saint Marten

Toronto – Nassau, Bahamas

Toronto – Bermuda

Edmonton – Mazatlan, Mexico (Swoop)

Edmonton – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Swoop)

Toronto – Montego Bay, Jamaica (Swoop)

Toronto – Cancun, Mexico (Swoop)

Through its Safety Above All program, the WestJet Group has implemented extensive safety measures since the start of the pandemic and as a result, there have been no documented cases of person-to-person transmission onboard the airline’s flights.

“The pandemic has had devastating impacts on our hard-working people, and they have made tremendous sacrifices throughout,” continued Sims. “The government recognizes how uniquely hard hit our industry has been and has acknowledged our efforts to curb the spread of the virus. We note their words of support for our airline as a strong partner in the fight against COVID-19.”

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