WestJet extends flight cancellations into July as COVID-19 keeps passenger loads low
A WestJet plane takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Vancouver on Monday, May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, May 10, 2020 8:29PM EDT
CALGARY - WestJet says it is extending many flight cancellations into early July as it continues to deal with record-low passenger numbers due to COVID-19.
In late April, the Calgary-based carrier said it was cancelling some 18,000 flights between May 5 and June 4.
An announcement from WestJet on Sunday says domestic route suspensions will continue through July 4, and that several domestic seasonal routes also won't begin until July.
It further says it is extending its temporary transborder and international route suspensions through to June 25.
WestJet says the move is to “address significantly reduced guest demand for air travel while continuing to keep critical economic lifelines open for essential travel and cargo.”
The airline says customers with travel booked after June 5 through July 4 will be notified of their options.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2020