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WestJet: 29 March Update

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NETWORK AND SCHEDULE CHANGES – WestJet announces schedule updates through May 4 and select seasonal route start dates

On Thursday, March 26 WestJet marked the last day of our planned transborder (U.S.) and international (Europe, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean) flying due to the COVID-19 crisis and the closing of international borders.

This is a difficult time as we temporarily say goodbye to these airports that have helped WestJet grow beyond our domestic borders and brought the pleasure and ease of worldwide travel to millions of Canadians.

We thank all of our airport partners, our contractors and our guests for their support and we look forward to resuming flights when we emerge from these turbulent times.

INTERNATIONAL AND TRANSBORDER

As the crisis continues, we have now updated our international and transborder schedule to temporarily remove flying through May 4, 2020. For our guests who have booked their travel after April 22 through May 4, we are proactively notifying you of your travel options.

Seasonal international route starts dates have been updated as follows:

  • Toronto – Barcelona starts June 5, 2020
  • Calgary – Rome starts June 4, 2020
  • Halifax – Manchester has been cancelled for summer 2020. WestJet will be reaccomodating guests on Halifax – London (Gatwick)

DOMESTIC

Our domestic schedule has also now been updated through May 4. Details remain the same as communicated earlier this week (see schedule below) with the exception of Grande Prairie. Due to newly reduced airport operating hours, we have reduced the daily Calgary – Grand Prairie schedule by two flights. WestJet will continue to fly once daily. In addition, Edmonton – Grande Prairie has been suspended until further notice.

Select seasonal domestic routes will start July 3, 2020 including:

  • Calgary – Whitehorse
  • Calgary – Dawson Creek
  • Calgary – Windsor
  • Toronto – Deer Lake
  • Halifax – Gander

For our guests who have booked their travel prior to July 3, we are proactively notifying you of your travel options.

We understand the uncertainty our guests, WestJetters and partners face, and we thank them for their continued patience.

WestJet domestic schedule March 22 – May 4, 2020:

ALBERTA AND NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Domestic Route Planned Operations
Calgary-Abbotsford 3x daily
Calgary-Comox 2x daily
Calgary-Cranbrook 2x daily
Calgary-Fort St. John 2x daily
Calgary-Kamloops 1x daily
Calgary-Kelowna 4x daily
Calgary-Nanaimo 1x daily
Calgary-Penticton 1x daily
Calgary-Prince George 1x daily
Calgary-Vancouver 6x daily
Calgary-Victoria 2x daily
Calgary-Edmonton 6x daily
Calgary-Fort McMurray 3x daily
Calgary-Grande Prairie 1x daily (UPDATED)
Calgary-Lethbridge 2x daily
Calgary-Lloydminster 6x weekly
Calgary-Medicine Hat 2x daily
Calgary-Yellowknife 1x daily
Calgary-Brandon 1x daily
Calgary-Regina 4x daily
Calgary-Saskatoon 4x daily
Calgary-Winnipeg 4x daily
Calgary-Hamilton 4x weekly
Calgary-Kitchener/Waterloo 3x weekly
Calgary-Ottawa 4x weekly
Calgary-Toronto 5x daily
Calgary-Montreal 3x weekly
Calgary-Halifax 4x weekly
Edmonton-Kelowna 1x daily
Edmonton-Vancouver 2x daily
Edmonton-Calgary 6x daily
Edmonton-Fort McMurray 2x daily
Edmonton-Grande Prairie Temporarily postponed
Edmonton-Regina 4x weekly
Edmonton-Saskatoon 3x weekly
Edmonton-Winnipeg 1x daily
Edmonton-Toronto 1x daily

BRITISH COLUMBIA AND YUKON

Domestic Route Planned Operations
Abbotsford-Calgary 3x daily
Comox-Calgary 2x daily
Cranbrook-Calgary 2x daily
Fort St John-Vancouver 1x daily
Fort St John-Calgary 2x daily
Kamloops-Calgary 1x daily
Kelowna-Vancouver 3x daily
Kelowna-Calgary 4x daily
Kelowna-Edmonton 1x daily
Nanaimo-Calgary 1x daily
Penticton-Calgary 1x daily
Prince George-Vancouver 3x daily
Prince George-Calgary 1x daily
Terrace-Vancouver 2x daily
Vancouver-Fort St John 1x daily
Vancouver-Kelowna 3x daily
Vancouver-Prince George 3x daily
Vancouver-Terrace 2x daily
Vancouver-Victoria 2x daily
Vancouver-Calgary 6x daily
Vancouver-Edmonton 2x daily
Vancouver-Toronto 3x daily
Victoria-Vancouver 2x daily
Victoria-Calgary 2x daily

ONTARIO

Domestic Route Planned Operations
Hamilton-Calgary 4x weekly
Kitchener/Waterloo-Calgary 3x weekly
London, ON-Toronto 1x daily
Ottawa-Calgary 4x weekly
Ottawa-Toronto 5x daily
Ottawa-Halifax 1x weekly
Thunder Bay-Winnipeg 1x daily
Thunder Bay-Toronto 1x daily
Toronto-Vancouver 3x daily
Toronto-Calgary 5x daily
Toronto-Edmonton 1x daily
Toronto-Winnipeg 3x daily
Toronto-London, ON 1x daily
Toronto-Ottawa 5x daily
Toronto-Thunder Bay 1x daily
Toronto-Montreal 5x daily
Toronto-Quebec City 1x daily
Toronto-Charlottetown 3x weekly
Toronto-Fredericton 1x daily
Toronto-Halifax 4x daily
Toronto-Moncton 1x daily
Toronto-St. John’s 1x daily

SASKATCHEWAN

Domestic Route Planned Operations
Regina-Calgary 4x daily
Regina-Edmonton 4x daily
Saskatoon-Calgary 4x daily
Saskatoon-Edmonton 3x weekly
Saskatoon-Winnipeg 1x daily

MANITOBA

Domestic Route Planned Operations
Brandon-Calgary 1x daily
Winnipeg-Calgary 4x daily
Winnipeg-Edmonton 1x daily
Winnipeg-Saskatoon 1x daily
Winnipeg-Thunder Bay 1x daily
Winnipeg-Toronto 3x daily

QUEBEC

Domestic Route Planned Operations
Montreal-Calgary 3x weekly
Montreal-Toronto 5x daily
Montreal-Halifax 1x weekly
Quebec City-Toronto 1x daily

NEW BRUNSWICK

Domestic Route Planned Operations
Fredericton-Toronto 1x daily
Moncton-Toronto 1x daily

NOVA SCOTIA

Domestic Route Planned Operations
Halifax-Calgary 4x weekly
Halifax-Ottawa 1x weekly
Halifax-Toronto 4x daily
Halifax-Montreal 1x weekly
Halifax-St. John’s (Nfld.) 2x daily
Halifax-Sydney 1x daily
Sydney-Halifax 1x daily

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Domestic Route Planned Operations
Charlottetown-Toronto 3x weekly

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Domestic Route Planned Operations
St. John’s (Nfld.)-Toronto 1x daily
St. John’s (Nfld.)-Halifax 2x daily


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Withdrawal of onboard services:

WestJet: 30 March Update

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CHANGES TO INFLIGHT SERVICE (Effective March 30)

WestJet is committed to providing our guests and WestJetters a safe travel and work environment. We have taken many extra precautions since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak and as of today have made additional changes to our inflight service.

On flights under 90 minutes:

  • We will no longer offer service on these flights in any cabin
  • Water and complimentary snacks will be available for emergency use only

On flights over 90 minutes:

  • We are suspending beverage service in all cabins

Economy

  • Guests will receive a complimentary snack, water bottle (small) and napkin on their seat prior to boarding for all occupied seats
  • Additional water will be available on request

Premium and Business

  • Guests will receive a premium snack box, napkin and water bottle (small) on their seat prior to boarding
  • Additional water will be available on request

NETWORK AND SCHEDULE

Yesterday, WestJet announced schedule updates through May 4 and select seasonal route start dates. Read more here.

ON WAGE SUBSIDY INQUIRIES

WestJet applauds the government for its support of businesses today.  We are awaiting further details on the wage subsidy announcement and will review and assess its impact on our business.

AFFECTED FLIGHTS – visit the blog (updated)

  • We have made updates to our affected flights blog so it is more user friendly.
    • The changes now enable you to search by city
  • Moving forward this page will be updated once daily by 5 p.m. MT with new information.
  • We appreciate your continued assistance in sharing these updates with the public
  • All information on affected flights remains posted here: https://blog.westjet.com/operational-updates-coronavirus-covid-19/. Below is the listing as of posting.
FLIGHT DATE FLIGHT NUMBER DEPARTING DESTINATION ROWS
March 21 3241 Calgary (YYC) Kamloops (YKA) All seats
March 19 10 Calgary (YYC) Paris (CDG) N/A
March 19 831 Cancun (CUN) Toronto (YYZ) 1-6
March 18 3380 Calgary (YYC) Saskatoon (YXE) 17-20
March 17 2313 Cancun (CUN) Calgary (YYC) Exit row
March 17 669 Toronto (YYZ) Calgary (YYC) 20-24
March 17 2311 Cancun (CUN) Toronto (YYZ) Premium cabin
March 17 3281 Calgary (YYC) Penticton (YYF) All seats
March 17 4 London (LGW) Toronto (YYZ) All rows
March 17 3343 Calgary (YYC) Kelowna (YLW) Exit row
March 16 9 Paris (CDG) Calgary (YYC) 2-6
March 16 2311 Cancun (CUN) Calgary (YYC) All seats
March 16 3456 Toronto (YYZ) Moncton (YQM) All seats
March 15 1571 Denver (DEN) Calgary (YYC) All seats
March 15 3016 Medicine Hat (YHX) Calgary (YYC) 8-14
March 15 3372 Calgary (YYC) Saskatoon (YXE) All seats
March 14 3268 Edmonton (YEG) Regina (YQR) 5-11
March 14 3300 Calgary (YYC) Regina (YQR) 14-20
March 14 202 Calgary (YYC) Winnipeg (YWG) 19-25
March 14 1511 Los Angeles (LAX) Calgary (YYC) 15-19
March 13 1501 Las Vegas (LAS) Calgary (YYC) 13-19
March 13 1100 Toronto (YYZ) Los Angeles (LAX) All seats
March 12 490 Winnipeg (YWG) Toronto (YYZ) 5-9
March 12 667 Toronto (YYZ) Calgary (YYC) 11-17
March 12 2 London (LGW) Calgary (YYC) 24-40
March 12 1447 Las Vegas (LAS) Edmonton (YEG) 2-8
March 12 665 Toronto (YYZ) Calgary (YYC) 19-27
March 12 1201 New York (LGA) Toronto (YYZ) 3-9
March 12 2311 Cancun (CUN) Calgary (YYC) 32-38
March 12 3240 Edmonton (YEG) Grande Prairie (YQU) 1-6
March 12 118 Vancouver (YVR) Calgary (YYC) 19-25
March 11 4 London (LGW) Toronto (YYZ) 10-16
March 11 1771 Phoenix (PHX) Vancouver (YVR) 5-9
March 11 3263 Regina (YQR) Edmonton (YEG) 12-18
March 11 302 Vancouver (YVR) Regina (YQR) 5-9
March 11 670 Calgary (YYC) Toronto (YYZ) 16-22
March 10 232 Calgary (YYC) Winnipeg (YWG) 17-23
March 10 3538 Toronto (YYZ) Montreal (YUL) 3-8
March 10 3326 Vancouver (YVR) Kelowna (YLW) 10-16
March 10 445 Toronto (YYZ) Calgary (YYC) 6-12
March 10 4 London (LGW) Toronto (YYZ) N/A
March 9 1681 New York (JFK) Calgary (YYC) all rows
March 9 178 Kelowna (YLW) Calgary (YYC) Exit row
March 9 2310 Calgary (YYC) Cancun (CUN) all seats
March 9 2643 Liberia (LIR) Toronto (YYZ) N/A
March 8 271 Winnipeg (YWG) Calgary (YYC) All Rows
March 8 1680 Calgary (YYC) New York (JFK) All rows
March 7 1226 Toronto (YYZ) Orlando (MCO) All rows
March 7 1157 San Juan (SJU) Toronto (YYZ) 2-6
March 7 2644 Toronto (YYZ) Liberia (LIR) N/A
March 7 3440 Toronto (YYZ) Moncton (YQM) 7-11
March 5 2 London (LGW) Calgary (YYC) 36-40
March 3 2 London (LGW) Calgary (YYC) 7-14
February 28 1199 Phoenix (PHX) Toronto (YYZ) 18-22

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WestJet: 1 April Update

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INTRODUCING SEAT DISTANCING ON OUR AIRCRAFT 

The safety of our guests and WestJetters has and continues to be our top priority. In these uncertain times, we continue to make important changes to our business and operations, for the safety and peace of mind of all.

Moving forward, from now until May 4, 2020, the middle seat on our Boeing 737s and 787 aircraft and every other seat on our Bombardier Q400 will be unavailable to book.

We’ve made this change to ensure our guests and crew can continue to fly safely and have more space to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

As we navigate our way through the COVID-19 crisis together, we are also encouraging our guests to follow these guidelines while boarding and on our aircraft:

  • Keeping 2 meters (6ft) of distance between the guest in front and behind when boarding 
  • Using the WestJet App to download boarding passes to display on phones
  • Using the disinfectant wipes provided during boarding to wipe down seats and table trays
  • Avoid lining up for washrooms

WestJet remains focused on the health and safety of our employees and guests as well as maintaining essential domestic service to the Canadian communities we serve. We hold ourselves to the highest standard to create an environment as clean as realistically possible and continue to expand and enhance our sanitization measures onboard to keep our guests and crew safe. More information is available here

Read more about seat distancing on the WestJet Blog here

AFFECTED FLIGHTS – visit the blog (updated) 

https://blog.westjet.com/operational-updates-coronavirus-covid-19/ 

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1 hour ago, mrlupin said:

What a sight to see.... After years of densifying cabins with less seat pitch, less recline and thinner seats passengers will now benefit from extra spacing.

Interesting times...

 

 

Could be wrong but I don't think there is 6 feet between a body in the aisle seat and  a body in the window seat....how does eliminating the occupant of the centre seat fall in the "social distancing"  formula???

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2 hours ago, thor said:

Seeing as most people's feet are not anywhere near an imperial foot, I’m thinking that’s how they’re justifying it.?

Never heard of feet to feet transfer? I can see that standing in a line....but not sitting down, both facing the same direction.

I would worry about the upper body especially the head and arms.....however...I am really not that concerned......I am not flying anywhere !!!!    Just cruising on the bateau...❤️

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6 minutes ago, Kip Powick said:

Never heard of feet to feet transfer? I can see that standing in a line....but not sitting down, both facing the same direction.

I would worry about the upper body especially the head and arms.....however...I am really not that concerned......I am not flying anywhere !!!!    Just cruising on the bateau...❤️

Kip, the separation that WestJet is attempting to do is the best that can be achieved unless of course the capacity of the aircraft is even greater reduced but of course I guess the public would accept that along with the increase in fares to cover at a min. the operating costs of the flight.  Want to bet they would ? ?  By the by some of the slots currently for sale by WestJet reflect 99.00 ow fares.

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33 minutes ago, Marshall said:

Kip, the separation that WestJet is attempting to do.................................

I can understand that BUT.....that's just tough. Unless the government says it is alright, then IMO they should not be doing it. We know all  the airlines are bleeding but., in this case WJ is flaunting the self isolation  rules. Now if they have a government sanction, (pass),  that allows that ....well then, that's the way it goes and I don't have a problem with it.

 

PS..... I know WJ and AC have cut back on daily flights but the public should realize that they are damned lucky to get on an aircraft during this pandemic  and if it requires  a further reduction in flights  so that the airline doesn't "over" suffer.......so be it. 

PPS...I wonder who some "guest" would sue if they sat down beside, (empty seat), and the other guy in the row was asymptomatic  and the "guest" caught the virus ???

 

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1 hour ago, Kip Powick said:

I can understand that BUT.....that's just tough. Unless the government says it is alright, then IMO they should not be doing it. We know all  the airlines are bleeding but., in this case WJ is flaunting the self isolation  rules. Now if they have a government sanction, (pass),  that allows that ....well then, that's the way it goes and I don't have a problem with it.

 

 

 

Kip, I know that AC is facing the same problem  have they published anything, did I miss it? At least WestJet has published what they are doing.   

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Talking to a friend at WestJet today he says the consensus in his group is when this is all said and done WestJet in 2021 with the exception of Encore and becoming Toronto focused is going to look a lot like WestJet in 2005.

Primarily domestic with only a handful of US, Mexican and Caribbean destinations, no Swoop, no Hawaii, no widebodies, no MAXes.

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10 minutes ago, Super 80 said:

Talking to a friend at WestJet today he says the consensus in his group is when this is all said and done WestJet in 2021 with the exception of Encore and becoming Toronto focused is going to look a lot like WestJet in 2005.

Primarily domestic with only a handful of US, Mexican and Caribbean destinations, no Swoop, no Hawaii, no widebodies, no MAXes.

That may very well turn out to be true but it’s way too early to see where this will all shake out. When the dust has settled things will undoubtedly look different. There is already so much pent up demand for travel that when the all clear is signalled, and it will be, airlines are going to be hammered. 
 

This will also without doubt kill quite a few carriers but I think Canadian airlines, relative to a lot of other countries will probably do okay. 

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32 minutes ago, Super 80 said:

Talking to a friend at WestJet today he says the consensus in his group is when this is all said and done WestJet in 2021 with the exception of Encore and becoming Toronto focused is going to look a lot like WestJet in 2005.

Primarily domestic with only a handful of US, Mexican and Caribbean destinations, no Swoop, no Hawaii, no widebodies, no MAXes.

The future is so murky all of those may or may not pan out. 

Where we fly depends on what countries open their borders and where the Coronavirus is or isn't present. To suggest a geographic location as materializing or not has nothing to do with where the company wants to fly but where it's able to fly. Widebodies? The 787's are here and won't be going anywhere. The 767's are done. The max's present an interesting dilemma. I think WJ has soured on them and holding out for compensation is going to turn out to be a bad move that will result in massive compensation loss. We will shrink by necessity - returning leases, retiring 767's early. Swoop may be fallout but I think that's hope for people that just don't want it around. There is and will forever be a market for Swoop.

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I wish I could be so bullish. We were already teetering on the edge with the amount of personal debt people were carrying. The bailout money sounds like a lot but in a few months it's going to look like we're trying to land a 1000 lb tuna with 2 lb test line.

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4 hours ago, Fido said:

Really?

You think that anyone is dreaming of a trip to Italy, or China, or USA in the next 10 years?

Absolutely. Once a vaccine is developed people are going to travel. 

This event is going to change the world in a lot of ways. Travel won't be one of them for those that can afford it. 

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23 hours ago, CanadaEH said:

The future is so murky all of those may or may not pan out. 

... We will shrink by necessity - returning leases, retiring 767's early. Swoop may be fallout but I think that's hope for people that just don't want it around. There is and will forever be a market for Swoop.

I think you're absolutely correct. A "friend" is hardly the figure of authority and all insight for a company, especially since most have a very tainted glass through which they view the world. As you say, Swoop is the new WestJet while it endeavors to be something better and bigger. The sooner people at WestJet get this and support it, the more successful they'll be. 

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14 minutes ago, CanadaEH said:

Absolutely. Once a vaccine is developed people are going to travel. 

This event is going to change the world in a lot of ways. Travel won't be one of them for those that can afford it. 

I agree, but I also expect that fewer people will be able to afford to travel for a while given the economic pain this thing is inflicting.  I don't think we'll see demand recover to what it was pre-virus for quite some time.

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12 hours ago, FA@AC said:

I don't think we'll see demand recover to what it was pre-virus for quite some time.

100%

There was concern that once the MAX returned to service that it would flood the market and negatively impact margins. Now that airlines have shrunk their capacity up to 90% it's going to take a very long time for things to return to what we once considered "normal". 

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13 hours ago, FA@AC said:

I agree, but I also expect that fewer people will be able to afford to travel for a while given the economic pain this thing is inflicting.  I don't think we'll see demand recover to what it was pre-virus for quite some time.

My sentiment on this changes daily (hourly). 

On the one hand, think about all the money people aren't, or possibly won't be, spending by staying home; recreation programs for the kids (summer camps, soccer league, hockey league), dining out, sporting events, daily driving and commuting expenses, consumer purchases, new cars.  The retail and entertainment industries, along with travel and tourism, will be decimated but I think for a lot of people who aren't employed in those industries it will be close to a wash between reductions in earnings and reductions in expenses.  Yes, I know there will be a huge number of unemployed and, as an airline employee, I will take a significant pay cut but, being a prudent person, I have gone through my budget and have been able to greatly reduce the outgoing.  This, along with tightly controlled discretionary spending could see my financial situation being about the same as previously up to maybe a 6-8 month timeframe and that's with no recovery at all.

IDK, maybe I'm just fooling myself but I do forsee a huge pent-up demand for travel.  The reasons why people travel will not have disappeared and after months of quarantine and lockdown could see travel of one of the things people choose to spend their discretionary money on first.

On the other hand, maybe it's the beginning of the next great depression and it takes a decade to recover with massive mortgage defaults, soup lines and tumbleweeds in the streets.

 

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I was more reflecting on somebodies incredible pessimism than holding up an individual as an oracle.

The longer this goes on the more difficult the recovery will be and the greater the long-term impacts.

A whole lot of people "working from home" are just sitting on the couch waiting for an email to come in, nobody can continue paying them forever. If people can't get back to work soon the whole world is going to be in a death spiral.

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