Today – March 24, 2021 – WestJet has announced they are making good on their commitment to return service to the communities they had to leave during the pandemic. In the Atlantic Region, they will be reinstating flights to five airports (Charlottetown, St. John’s, Moncton, Sydney and Fredericton) and restoring seasonal routes featuring service to Deer Lake and Gander. Changes are scheduled for late June while other flights within the Atlantic region may be returning sooner.
In a communication from WestJet representative, they say…
“It is with cautious optimism that we are resuming these flights of our own volition; this was not something we are being asked to do, but these communities have been a crucial factor in the success of our business over the last 25 years. It is critical for us to ensure they have access to affordable air service and domestic connectivity to drive their economic recovery.
Recovery and rebuilding will, however, require a focused restart policy for domestic travel so that WestJet can successfully return to continue its role as an economic powerhouse for both tourism and trade in the Atlantic region. We are leading the way back but it is critical that we continue our collaborative efforts to map a safe restart with our federal government and we continue to encourage the Atlantic premiers to advance their efforts to ensure the region is open to Canadians this summer.
WestJet has been a strong supporter of the region and remains committed to affordably connecting the region to the rest of the country and the world while working hard to lead the recovery of the our critical travel and tourism sector.”