Are people warming up to the idea of flying in airplanes once again? You bet they are.
Timed perfectly with Canada’s recent elimination of pre-entry testing for fully vaccinated travellers on April 1, WestJet, on Sunday (April 3), celebrated a milestone in its recovery, reporting its highest single-day guest count since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a blog post, the airline said it expected to fly an estimated 48,000 guests on more than 450 flights that day.
“Today’s milestone is a direct reflection of our guest’s desire to return to the skies and their renewed confidence in air travel,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, CEO of WestJet. “This is a strong signal for demand and the recovery of our industry as we look ahead to the busy summer travel season.”
This summer, WestJet is set to return its network to near pre-pandemic levels, providing Canadians with lots of choices.
Recently, WestJet completed its inaugural flight from Calgary International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport, adding to the airline’s already-existing flights to London-Gatwick.
This summer, WestJet will offer nine times weekly service between Calgary and London.
By the season’s peak, the airline will serve 43 domestic, 23 transborder, 16 Caribbean and eight transatlantic destinations, restoring 94 per cent of its pre-pandemic routes with more than 600 daily departures.
“I want to extend my gratitude and thanks to our WestJetters and service partners who have continued to demonstrate an exceptional level of care to our guests as they take to the skies once again,” said von Hoensbroech.