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WestJet to extend suspension for its transatlantic and US routes


  • writer : administrator
  • date : 20-04-01 09:35
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Calgary, Canada - Canada's second-largest carrier WestJet has announced that it would cancel all its international flights until May 4. With this decision, the airline extended its 30-day suspension by two more weeks.

The Calgary-based company will offer no flights to the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut borders and sent travel demand tumbling. WestJet has already halved its domestic capacity, while carriers including Porter Airlines and Air Transat have suspended all flights.

Air Canada has canceled most of its international and U.S. flights in response to the global shutdown. Over the weekend Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a travel ban that bars people with symptoms of the novel coronavirus from domestic flights and intercity trains, effective noon Monday.

The pandemic has cost thousands of jobs in the airline sector. Air Canada has announced 5,149 layoffs and Transat 3,600, while WestJet has seen 6,900 departures including early retirements, resignations, and both voluntary and involuntary leaves.

(quoted from AirLiner Watch)