WestJet continues to work with Transport Canada and other regulators as we await the opening of the Canadian airspace to the MAX fleet. We continue to provide nothing less than 100 per cent assurance to our guests and WestJetters that all processes, procedures and decisions will to be made with safety at the forefront before the aircraft return to commercial flying.
We continue to revise our summer flight schedule by removing the MAX through August 29, 2019. This decision ensures we provide our guests with clear information for both booking and travel during the busy summer travel period.
By proactively removing the MAX from August service, we can reduce last-minute flight cancellations and unexpected disruptions to our guests. We are in the process of contacting any guests whose travel plans may be impacted to offer them choice and flexibility in advance of their travel date.
Although the MAX accounted for more than 1,200 monthly departures in our August schedules, we have been able to cover more than 675 of the flights originally scheduled, with other aircraft.
Route Updates and Temporary Suspensions
The following routes have been adjusted through August 29, 2019. Route suspensions are temporary, and WestJet remains committed to resuming these flights once our MAX fleet returns to service.
- Flights between Halifax and Paris have been suspended from June 3 through August 29, 2019.
- Flights between Edmonton and Ottawa that had been suspended through July 3 will now be operated on an overnight service that has been added on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting July 5 through August 28.
- Flights between Edmonton and Montreal that had been suspended to July 3, 2019 will now be operated on an overnight service on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting July 4 through August 29.
- Daytime flights between Toronto and Kelowna remain suspended through August 29, 2019. WestJet will continue to operate the overnight service.
- Flights between Vancouver and Regina remain suspended through August 29, 2019.
We thank all our guests, airport partners and crews for their understanding and patience since the Canadian skies were closed to the MAX on March 13.