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WestJet’s December schedule has over 50 daily flights to Sun destinations

CALGARY — WestJet has updated its December schedule, featuring 55 daily flights to Sun destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States, including Hawaii.

The updated schedule also includes increased domestic frequencies for travel starting Dec. 5, 2020 through to Jan. 4, 2021.

The airline is adding December flights to Liberia (Costa Rica), Punta Cana, Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic), Bridgetown (Barbados), Mazatlán (Mexico), Huatulco (Mexico), Orlando, Las Vegas, Honolulu (Oahu) and Kahului (Maui).

WestJet continues to operate a reduced schedule and has removed over 63% capacity year over year, including approximately 73% capacity from the December schedule alone. During the holiday season, it will offer flights to 54 destinations including 33 in Canada, nine in the U.S. (including Hawaii), five in Mexico, five in the Caribbean, one in Europe and one in Central America. Frequencies will increase throughout the month of December.

“While this winter travel season looks quite different from years past, we are pleased to be able to offer our guests a variety of flights during the holidays,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “Whatever the reason for travel, WestJet continues to safely connect Canadians to destinations across our network and will continue to make changes to the schedule to meet the ever-changing needs of our guests and airline.”

Here are the transborder and international routes from Dec. 5, 2020 to Jan. 4, 2021:

Hawaii and U.S. transborder

MarketFrequency (05DEC 
– 15DEC)
(16DEC – 04JAN)
Vancouver – Maui3x weekly
Vancouver – Honolulu3x weekly
Vancouver – Palm Springs2x weekly2x weekly
 Vancouver – Los Angeles2x weekly
Vancouver – Phoenix2x weekly
Calgary – Maui2x weekly
Calgary – Honolulu1x weekly
Calgary – Los Angeles3x weekly4x weekly
Calgary – Palm Springs6x weekly8x weekly
Calgary – Las Vegas2x weekly
Calgary – Phoenix7x weekly11x weekly
Calgary – Orlando1x weekly
Edmonton – Phoenix2x weekly
Toronto – Orlando1x weekly1x weekly
Toronto – Fort Myers1x weekly3x weekly
Toronto – Fort Lauderdale1x weekly2x weekly

Caribbean, Mexico and Europe

MarketFrequency (05DEC 
– 15DEC)
Frequency (16DEC – 04JAN)
Vancouver – San Jose del Cabo2x weekly
Vancouver – Puerto Vallarta1x weekly2x weekly
Vancouver – Cancun1x weekly
Calgary – San Jose del Cabo2x weekly3x weekly
Calgary – Mazatlán1x weekly
Calgary – Puerto Vallarta5x weekly1x daily
Calgary – Huatulco1x weekly
Calgary – Cancun6x weekly6x weekly
Edmonton – Puerto Vallarta1x weekly
Edmonton – Cancun1x weekly
Winnipeg – Puerto Vallarta1x weekly
Winnipeg – Cancun1x weekly
Toronto – Cancun2x weekly3x weekly
Toronto – Liberia1x weekly1x weekly
Toronto – Kingston1x weekly2x weekly
Toronto – Montego Bay2x weekly4x weekly
Toronto – Puerto Plata1x weekly1x weekly
Toronto – Punta Cana1x weekly1x weekly
Toronto – Barbados1x weekly
Toronto – London Gatwick2x weekly2x weekly

On Nov. 2, Calgary Airport began a groundbreaking COVID-19 testing trial supported by the Governments of Canada and Alberta, trialing a reduced quarantine period in Alberta while protecting Canadians from COVID-19.

“Many Canadians are seeking alternatives to the 14-day quarantine and the testing trial at Calgary International Airport is a welcome first step,” added von zur Muehlen. “We are optimistic in the early results of the YYC COVID testing trial and hope to see future expansion of testing opportunities closely follow at airports across the country.”

Canadians travelling abroad are still subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return to the country if not eligible for Alberta’s trial program.