WestJet cuts flying to Mexico and Caribbean at request of Canadian government

Update: April 13, 2021, 17:15 MST

Today we announced that we will extend our temporary suspension of international sun flights to destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean until June 4, 2021.

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 a later date:

VancouverPuerto Vallarta, Mexico
Vancouver Cancun, Mexico
Vancouver Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
CalgaryCabo San Lucas, Mexico
Calgary Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Calgary Cancun, Mexico,
Calgary Liberia, Costa Rica
Edmonton Cancun, Mexico
EdmontonPuerto Vallarta, Mexico
Toronto Cancun, Mexico
Toronto Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Toronto Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Toronto Kingston, Jamaica
Toronto Montego Bay, Jamaica
Toronto Liberia, Costa Rica
Toronto Varadero, Cuba
Toronto Saint Lucia
Toronto Saint Marten
Toronto Nassau, Bahamas
Toronto Bermuda
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.