WestJet extends suspension of flights to Mexico through June
Canadian airline Westjet extended the suspension of international flights to Mexico and the Caribbean until June 4, 2021. The decision was made in the expectation that authorities will change travel restrictions as the covid-19 vaccination progresses, said Ed Sims, president, and CEO of WestJet.
The airline is advocating that the Canadian government replace its mandatory quarantine rules with the application of disease testing that is in line with global standards to allow aviation to restart.
"Together with an accelerated and successful vaccine rollout, this policy transition will support the safe resumption of travel and help stimulate the economy, where one in ten jobs is tourism-related," Sims said.
In late January, the Canadian government agreed with Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, and Air Transat to suspend all services to holiday destinations as a measure to stop the spread of the pandemic.
The measure would be in effect until April 30, however, the companies have expressed their disagreement with the actions, and are seeking alternatives to relax the measures and ensure that air travel is safe.
According to estimates by the Mexican Ministry of Tourism, the suspension of travel from Canada would result in the loss of approximately 782 million dollars in income for Mexico.