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WestJet's Winter Schedule Returns to 17 Sun Destinations Suspended During Pandemic

WestJet has announced it's restarting service to 17 sun and leisure routes suspended during pandemic to destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico and U.S.

The returning routes, which were suspended for more than two years, bring enhanced connectivity and vacation options for Canadians and communities across the airline's network.

"The restart of these routes is another positive step in the restoration our network as we solidify WestJet as the reliable, friendly and affordable airline we are known to be," said John Weatherill, WestJet Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer.

"We recognize the past three winters have been disruptive to our guests travel plans and we look forward to reconnecting Canadians to some of the warmer destinations they have missed the most."

Highlights from WestJet's winter schedule release:

Sun and Leisure, Transborder and Transatlantic:

  • Restart of 17 sun and leisure routes suspended since 2019
  • 45 per cent increase to sun and leisure flights from winter 2021
  • 60 per cent increase in transborder flights from winter 2021
  • 25 per cent increase in transatlantic flights from winter 2021

WestJet's investments in sun, transborder and leisure flying are growing across the country with:

    • A 50% increase in flights from Central/Eastern Canada from winter 2021
    • A 55% increase in flights from Western Canada from winter 2021

Network-wide:

  • 65 per cent increase in flights to/from Winnipeg (YWG) from winter 2021
  • 50 per cent increase in flights to/from Edmonton (YEG) from winter 2021
  • 35 per cent increase in flights to/from Vancouver (YVR) from winter 2021
  • 30 per cent increase in flights to/from Calgary (YYC) from winter 2021
  • 10 per cent increase in flights to/from Toronto (YYZ) from winter 2021

Transborder Restarts:

Route Restart Date Peak Frequency Operated By
Kelowna – Phoenix  16NOV 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Saskatoon – Las Vegas  10NOV 2022 2x Weekly WestJet
Saskatoon – Orlando*  16DEC 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Regina – Las Vegas  10NOV 2022 2x Weekly WestJet
Regina – Orlando  16DEC 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Vancouver – Orlando  12NOV 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Winnipeg – Phoenix  31OCT 2022 2x Weekly WestJet
St. John's – Tampa Bay  19MAR 2023 1x Weekly WestJet
*Operated on very limited basis in 2021

Carribean, Mexico, Central American Restarts:

Route Restart Date Peak Frequency Operated By
Calgary – Belize City  18NOV 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Calgary – Nassau  26NOV 2022 1x weekly WestJet
Calgary – Varadero  05NOV 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Comox – Puerto Vallarta 05NOV 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Ottawa – Montego Bay  12NOV 2022 2x Weekly WestJet
Regina – Cancun*  13NOV 2022 2x Weekly WestJet
Toronto – Cayo Coco  05NOV 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Toronto – Samana  17DEC  2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Winnipeg – Montego Bay  17DEC 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
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