WestJet to Suspend international and transborder flights for 30 days


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WestJet to suspend international and transborder flights for one month

News provided by The Globe and Mail – link to full story and updates

KELLY CRYDERMAN CALGARY PUBLISHED MARCH 17, 2020

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WestJet has announced it is suspending scheduled commercial operations for all international and transborder flights, including the U.S., for a 30 day period at the end of the day March 22.

After that, the Calgary-based carrier said it will be operating rescue and repatriation flights in partnership with the Canadian government.

“While this is a difficult time, we now have the responsibility as a Canadian airline to bring our citizens home,” WestJet chief executive Ed Sims said in a statement late Monday evening.

Final commercially scheduled flights from international and transborder destinations will launch on Sunday night by 11:59 p.m. local time.

International and transborder tickets are no longer available for sale, and on Wednesday the airline will suspend all outbound international ticket sales.

“On Wednesday, March 18 at 11:59 p.m. MDT, WestJet will suspend all outbound international ticket sales for travel until Sunday, March 22 at 11:59 p.m. MDT, so we are no longer sending Canadians out of the country and can instead focus on bringing them home,” the company said in a statement.

WestJet also said for Canadians returning home on short notice, it is in the process of lowering prices on our remaining seats. The airline said it will also reduce its domestic schedule by approximately 50 per cent.

The airline said changes are in place for the next 30 days.

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They provided options to leave in each department.  Some had more options than others.  Early retirement, VLOA or Zero work pay etc. 
The pilots were offered the something similar before the MOA was agreed to.  

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WESTJET – Update 27 March 2020

Provided directly from WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership

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Through these consistent updates, we are committed to providing you with the most up-to-date and accurate information available. We are also posting to the WestJet blog and social media channels regularly. 

The following links may also be helpful: 

 AFFECTED FLIGHTS – visit the blog (updated) 

We have made updates to our affected flights blog so it is more user friendly. 

Please note, as per our process, we are only able to update the blog once we have verified WestJetters have been notified.

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