It’s one thing to know that travel agent associations are lobbying the government on agents’ behalf. It’s another to actually hear it and see it in action.
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
|Market||Frequency (05DEC |
(16DEC – 04JAN)
|Vancouver – Maui||–||3x weekly|
|Vancouver – Honolulu||–||3x weekly|
|Vancouver – Palm Springs||2x weekly||2x weekly|
|Vancouver – Los Angeles||–||2x weekly|
|Vancouver – Phoenix||–||2x weekly|
|Calgary – Maui||–||2x weekly|
|Calgary – Honolulu||–||1x weekly|
|Calgary – Los Angeles||3x weekly||4x weekly|
|Calgary – Palm Springs||6x weekly||8x weekly|
|Calgary – Las Vegas||–||2x weekly|
|Calgary – Phoenix||7x weekly||11x weekly|
|Calgary – Orlando||–||1x weekly|
|Edmonton – Phoenix||–||2x weekly|
|Toronto – Orlando||1x weekly||1x weekly|
|Toronto – Fort Myers||1x weekly||3x weekly|
|Toronto – Fort Lauderdale||1x weekly||2x weekly|
Caribbean, Mexico and Europe
|Market||Frequency (05DEC |
|Frequency (16DEC – 04JAN)|
|Vancouver – San Jose del Cabo||–||2x weekly|
|Vancouver – Puerto Vallarta||1x weekly||2x weekly|
|Vancouver – Cancun||–||1x weekly|
|Calgary – San Jose del Cabo||2x weekly||3x weekly|
|Calgary – Mazatlán||–||1x weekly|
|Calgary – Puerto Vallarta||5x weekly||1x daily|
|Calgary – Huatulco||–||1x weekly|
|Calgary – Cancun||6x weekly||6x weekly|
|Edmonton – Puerto Vallarta||–||1x weekly|
|Edmonton – Cancun||–||1x weekly|
|Winnipeg – Puerto Vallarta||–||1x weekly|
|Winnipeg – Cancun||–||1x weekly|
|Toronto – Cancun||2x weekly||3x weekly|
|Toronto – Liberia||1x weekly||1x weekly|
|Toronto – Kingston||1x weekly||2x weekly|
|Toronto – Montego Bay||2x weekly||4x weekly|
|Toronto – Puerto Plata||1x weekly||1x weekly|
|Toronto – Punta Cana||1x weekly||1x weekly|
|Toronto – Barbados||–||1x weekly|
|Toronto – London Gatwick||2x weekly||2x 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.