WestJet to restore suspended regional routes

The Canadian carrier halted the short-haul connections in October last year

WestJet has announced it will restore flights to the various communities across Atlantic Canada and Quebec City which have been suspended as a result of COVID-19 since October last year. 

The resumption includes connections to Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Sydney and Quebec City. The reinstatement of service will restore WestJet's complete network of pre-COVID-19 domestic airports. 

The carrier is set to resume flights to the five destinations from June 24. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

“We committed to return to the communities we left, as a result of the pandemic, and we will be restoring flights to these regions in the coming months, of our own volition,” said Ed Sims, WestJet, president and CEO. “These communities have been a crucial factor in our success over our 25 years and it is critical for us to ensure they have access to affordable air service and domestic connectivity to drive their economic recovery.”

The Canadian carrier suspended services to the five facilities in October last year. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

Service is set to resume to the five airports WestJet beginning June 24 through to June 30. In addition, links between St John's and Toronto, which was indefinitely suspended in October, will resume effective June 24. Following a temporary suspension, the restart of flights between St John's and Halifax will be advanced from June 24 to May 6. 

Recognising the investments that WestJet's travel and tourism partners in the regions need to make to begin to recover from the pandemic, the airline will continue to encourage the Atlantic premiers to advance their efforts to ensure the region is open to Canadians this summer.