WestJet has announced it will extend its temporary suspension of international sun flights to destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean until June 4, 2021.
"We are extending our suspension with the clear expectation that as more Canadians are vaccinated, government policy will transition," said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO, in a press release Tuesday night (April 13). "We continue to advocate for the replacement of mandatory hotel quarantines with a testing regime that is equitable and consistent with global standards at all points of entry into our country."
"Alongside an accelerated and successful vaccine rollout, this policy transition will support the safe restart of travel and help stimulate the Canadian economy, where one in ten jobs are tourism related."
Guests with affected itineraries will be proactively notified of the cancellations.
Since Nov. 1, 2020, WestJet has been providing refunds for all travellers, regardless of fare class booked where WestJet initiated the cancellation, the airline reiterated.
"We remain focused on a long-term solution that will serve the best interests of Canadians," said Sims. "A safe travel-restart framework is the most effective way to support those interests and restore jobs."
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