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WestJet Close To Restoring Pre-Pandemic Network

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During the summer of 2022, WestJet expects to reinstate 94 percent of its pre-pandemic network, including numerous European and domestic routes that have been stopped for the past two years.

During the summer peak season, the Calgary-based airline plans to fly to 43 domestic, 23 transborder, 16 Caribbean, and eight transatlantic destinations, with 600 daily departures. Halifax Stanfield (YHZ)-Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Toronto Pearson (YYZ)-Barcelona is two routes that return (BCN).

“The aviation industry is a formidable economic engine and the investments we have made across Canada and internationally affirm our commitment to restoring connectivity across our expansive global network while doing our part to expedite Canada’s economic recovery,” CCO John Weatherill said.

A new route between Toronto Pearson and Chicago O’Hare is also being inaugurated (ORD). Flights will begin on May 19 and will be conducted on a daily basis utilizing Dash 8 turboprops.

According to data from OAG Schedules Analyzer, WestJet will encounter stiff competition in the sector, with seven carriers already serving the market on a city-by-city basis.

YYZ-ORD will see up to 7X-daily flights from Air Canada, 6X-daily flights from United Airlines, 5X-daily flights from American Airlines, and 3X-weekly flights from Flair Airlines by the time WetJet begins the route.

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