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‎Today, ‎August ‎22, ‎2019, ‏‎2 hours ago
 

Hey Honduras! WestJet welcomes Roatán to its network

 
‎Today, ‎August ‎22, ‎2019, ‏‎2 hours ago | Canadian Aviation News

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership

Airline brings snorkelling and diving paradise to its guests this winter from Toronto

CALGARY, Aug. 22, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced it will be adding Roatán, Honduras to its Caribbeandestinations with its new non-stop seasonal service from Toronto starting December 15.

WestJet today announced it will be adding Roatán, Honduras to its Caribbean destinations with its new non-stop seasonal service from Toronto starting December 15. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership) WestJet today announced it will be adding Roatán, Honduras to its Caribbean destinations with its new non-stop seasonal service from Toronto starting December 15. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“With the addition of the snorkelling paradise of Roatán to our network, WestJet guests now have convenient access to 14 Caribbean destinations non-stop from Toronto this winter,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “Roatán is home to miles of coastline featuring barrier reefs, white sand beaches and turquoise waters and is a bucket list getaway that we can’t wait for our guests to explore starting this December.”

“We congratulate WestJet on this new service to the beautiful island of Roatán,” said Scott Collier, Vice President of Customer and Terminal Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). “Toronto Pearson is proud to be a part of WestJet’s continued growth and we are sure our passengers will be excited to discover this part of the world, thanks to WestJet.”

“We at the Bay Islands Tourism Bureau are so happy to know WestJet will be servicing Roatán as we love to see our friends from the north visit and look forward to working with the premier Canadian airline,” said Mike Carter, Vice-President, Bay Islands Tourism Bureau. “From the beginning of our talks, all the way through the process, the cooperation and communication from all involved has been amazing.  A special thanks to our political and business stakeholders and the entire WestJet team as we have the foundation of a great partnership for growth and service.”

The new service will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft featuring the airline’s Premium and Economy cabins. Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to WestJet’s Toronto hub and provide for WestJet Rewards accumulation and redemption along with additional benefits for WestJet Rewards top tier members.

Details of WestJet’s service between Toronto and Roatán:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Toronto-
Roatán*
Once weekly 9:30 a.m. 1:11 p.m. December 15, 
2019
Roatán- 
Toronto*
Once weekly 2:10 p.m. 7:27 p.m. December 15, 
2019

*Subject to government approval

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 2019/2020 winter schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new.

Additional Quotes:
“We are very excited to welcome WestJet to our airline family. Canadian travellers are discovering Roatán and are some of our most dedicated repeat guests. There is also a large expat community of Canadians that live on the island either full or part-time. So, WestJet passengers, Welcome, Bienvenido, Bienvenu, Benvenuto, to our home,” said Syntia Solomon, President Bay Islands Tourism Bureau, Mayor Jerry Hynds, Governor Dino Silvestri, and Congressman Ron McNab.

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Determination No. A-2019-164

September 3, 2019
 

APPLICATION by Pacific Coastal Airlines Limited carrying on business as WestJet Link (applicant) pursuant to subsection 69(1) of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c. 10, as amended (CTA).

 
Case number: 
19-05081
 

The applicant has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for a licence to operate a scheduled international service, small aircraft in accordance with the Air Transport Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America signed on March 12, 2007 (Agreement).

The Agency is satisfied that the applicant meets all the applicable requirements of subsection 69(1) of the CTA. The Agency also finds that the pertinent terms and conditions of the Agreement have been complied with.

Accordingly, the Agency issues the licence.

Pursuant to subsection 71(1) of the CTA, the licence is subject to the conditions prescribed by the Air Transportation Regulations, SOR/88-58, as amended, and the following conditions:

  1. The Licensee is authorized to operate a scheduled international service on the route(s) set out in the Agreement.
  2. The scheduled international service is to be conducted in accordance with the Agreement and any applicable arrangements agreed to between Canada and the United States of America.

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WestJet cancels 10 Sask. flights to sunny locations after Max 8 grounding continues

 
‎Today, ‎September ‎10, ‎2019, ‏‎4 hours ago | Canadian Aviation News

News provided by CBC News – link to full story and updates

Flights to Phoenix, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta affected, not known when flights will return to normal

CBC News · Posted: Sep 10, 2019

A Boeing 737 Max 8 in Westjet’s hangar in Calgary. (Mia Sheldon/CBC)

Saskatchewan travellers looking to fly south for the winter this year might be in for a bumpy ride.

This week, WestJet announced flight cancellations from airports in Regina and Saskatoon. 

The company blamed the disruptions on Boeing’s 737 Max 8 jets. The planes were pulled from service by Transport Canada after 346 people were killed in crashes involving Indonesia’s Lion Air in 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines in March of this year. Both incidents involved the Max 8.

“Guests who hold a current reservation impacted by this update will be notified proactively if there are changes to their itinerary,” wrote WestJet spokesperson Morgan Bell. “Where possible, we will work to substitute other aircraft directly onto a route and will not impact a guests itinerary so notifications will not be necessary.”

The following flights will be affected:

  • Saskatoon-Phoenix: Three weekly flights suspended.
  • Regina-Orlando: One weekly flight suspended.
  • Regina-Phoenix: Three weekly flights suspended.
  • Regina-Cancun: suspended one weekly flight in November. WestJet will operate one weekly flight in December.
  • Regina–Puerto Vallarta: One weekly flight suspended. WestJet will continue to operate once weekly in November. Two weekly flights will be suspended in December.

Air Canada and Sunwing had already announced plans to pull all Max 8s from its schedule until next year.

WestJet said the suspensions are temporary and that flights will resume once the Max 8 is cleared to return to service. However, that won’t happen until January 5, at the earliest. 

Transport Canada hasn’t said when the ban will be lifted.

Boeing says a system designed to help keep the Max 8 stable seemed to be a factor in each crash.

Many other governing bodies, including China, the United States and the European aviation authority, have banned the planes from their airspace.

WestJet currently owns 13 Max 8 jets, accounting for 10 per cent of its fleet.

Many other flights from Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto have also been affected.

With files from Ian Hanomansing

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