Update: February 2, 2021, 14:15 MST
Guests are advised to check our travel advisories page for the most up-to-date information.
The WestJet Group today announced it would temporarily cease international flying to 14 sun destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean in response to a request from the Government of Canada.
“The government asked, and we agreed,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “While we know that air travel is responsible for less than two per cent of cases since the start of the crisis, and even less today, we recognize the Government of Canada’s ask is a precautionary measure. We also note that the overwhelming majority of quarantine exemptions, well over 90 per cent in fact, are connected to land borders and not air travel. We have responded to their request and will suspend service to destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.”
Over the subsequent two weeks, WestJet will work to bring our guests already in destination back to Canada. Effective Sunday, January 31 at 12:01 a.m. ET, WestJet will suspend southbound operations to the following destinations until April 30:
|Vancouver||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Vancouver||Cabo San Lucas, Mexico|
|Calgary||Cabo San Lucas, Mexico|
|Calgary||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Calgary||Liberia, Costa Rica|
|Edmonton||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Toronto||Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic|
|Toronto||Punta Cana, Dominican Republic|
|Toronto||Montego Bay, Jamaica|
|Toronto||Liberia, Costa Rica|
|Edmonton||Mazatlan, Mexico (Swoop)|
|Edmonton||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Swoop)|
|Toronto||Montego Bay, Jamaica (Swoop)|
|Toronto||Cancun, Mexico (Swoop)|
Through its Safety Above All program, the WestJet Group has implemented extensive safety measures since the start of the pandemic and as a result, there have been no documented cases of person-to-person transmission onboard the airline’s flights.
“The pandemic has had devastating impacts on our hard-working people, and they have made tremendous sacrifices throughout,” continued Sims. “The government recognizes how uniquely hard hit our industry has been and has acknowledged our efforts to curb the spread of the virus. We note their words of support for our airline as a strong partner in the fight against COVID-19.”
For guests with travel booked during the impacted period, WestJet will proactively notify them of their options.