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  • Westjet Expands Flight Service

      WestJet is extending its direct service between Winnipeg and Ottawa, making it the exclusive carrier to provide essential service on the popular route. Previously set to temporarily pause on Oct. 29, 2023, the route will now run four weekly connections between Manitoba and Canada’s capital cities. Service between Ottawa and Winnipeg will resume Dec. 18, 2023, and operate throughout the duration of WestJet’s winter schedule. “The extension of this route is a further demonstration of our market leadership and…

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  • Westjet Reveals Winter Schedule

    WestJet has announced its winter schedule, offering opportunities for Canadians to plan winter escapes. The airline is expanding its service to popular sun destinations, adding four new and four returning routes, resulting in more than 85 daily departures to these destinations from cities across Canada. WestJet will serve as the airline providing the most flights to more than 10 Mexican destinations from Canada this winter. “This year’s winter schedule is about providing Canadians with what they want: affordable sun destination getaways from…

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    Westjet Airlines Acquires Sunwing

      The federal government has approved WestJet Airlines’ acquisition of Sunwing Airlines and Sunwing Vacations. WestJet announced in March 2022 that it had reached an agreement to acquire Sunwing Airlines and its tour operations business, saying the deal would “deliver new travel options and greater value for travellers in the rapidly expanding leisure and work-from-anywhere travel markets.” The government said the decision to approve this acquisition was not taken lightly, especially considering the delays and bottlenecks experienced by travellers last…

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  • WestJet Marks Single Largest Expansion

      WestJet announced new non-stop service to Minneapolis, Minnesota and Seattle, Washington from Edmonton International Airport as part of its 2023 summer schedule. The investment marks the single largest expansion of WestJet’s network serving Edmonton in history. In addition, WestJet’s summer schedule from Edmonton will revitalize the city’s domestic connectivity from coast-to-coast with the airline unveiling new routes from Edmonton to London, Moncton, Charlottetown and the resumption of nonstop flights to Ottawa, Montreal, Nanaimo and Penticton. WestJet’s expansion and renewed commitment to the City of Edmonton will see the airline’s service increase by almost 50 per cent…

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  • Westjet Adds Routes to Japan, Europe

      WestJet announced new 2023 summer routes from YYC Calgary International Airport to Tokyo, Japan, as its first destination in Asia with new service to Narita International Airport. The airline is also creating greater two-way tourism opportunities and increasing connectivity between Western Canada and Europe with new service between Calgary and Barcelona, Spain and Edinburgh, Scotland along with increased frequencies on existing European routes. WestJet is preparing for broader expansion within Canada and North America over the coming months. Positioned…

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    Westjet Sun Routes Returning in Winter

      WestJet revealed the return of 17 sun routes to its network this winter with destinations ranging across Caribbean, Mexico and US. 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…

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  • WestJet to Purchase Sunwing Airlines

      Calgary-based airline WestJet has agreed to purchase Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines. Following the close of the transaction, a new tour operating business unit will be created under the WestJet Group, to include both Sunwing Vacations and WestJet Vacations Inc., and will be led by Sunwing CEO Stephen Hunter. Sunwing’s current shareholders will become equity holders in the WestJet Group. The WestJet Group of companies will expand to include Sunwing Airlines. This will add increased capacity, dedicating otherwise seasonal aircraft…

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    von Hoensbroech Starts as WestJet CEO

      Alexis von Hoensbroech has officially started as chief executive officer (CEO) of the WestJet Group, after being named to the role in December. “As the WestJet Group moves into its next chapter, I am thrilled to be joining this dedicated team, at such a critical time,” said von Hoensbroech. “As we forge ahead, the more than 8,500 WestJet and Swoop employees have shown admirable tenacity and determination over the last two years. Together we will emerge from the pandemic…

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  • Expert Panel Recommends Eliminating Tests and Quarantines for Fully Vaccinated People

    Canada’s airlines are welcoming an expert panel report that could pave the way for the country to reopen its border to global travel. The COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel made several recommendations that would upend the government’s approach to the border. It recommends doing away with Canada’s mandatory hotel stay for international arrivals. The panel, mostly made up of doctors, says the hotel policy is expensive and inconsistent. It also recommends testing on arrival for all but a small segment…

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  • WestJet to Expand Service in Anticipation of Summer Demand for Travel

    WestJet is expanding its service in Western Canada. The Calgary-based airline will add 11 non-stop routes this summer. “As we look to the coming months with cautious optimism, we know our restart agenda will be pivotal to Canada’s economic recovery,” says WestJet president and CEO, Ed Sims. “Stimulating air travel benefits all Canadians and supports those hardest hit; with one in every 10 Canadian jobs tied to travel and tourism, the ripple effect benefits our whole country.” The flights will be offered up to three times a week in…

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