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WestJet restoring suspended regional flights for Atlantic Canada and Quebec City

Last Updated Mar 24, 2021 at 6:57 am MDT

A WestJet plane takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Vancouver on Monday, May 13, 2019. Federal transport officials have issued the first fines to air passengers who refused to wear face masks on Canadian flights, in violation of a government order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

CALGARY – WestJet said it is restoring flights to several regional destinations in Eastern Canada that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airline said it will resume flying to Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Sydney, N.S., and Quebec City.

WestJet suspended service to the five cities in November.

The flights are to resume over six days beginning June 24.

“These communities have been a crucial factor in our success over our 25 years and it is critical for us to ensure they have access to affordable air service and domestic connectivity to drive their economic recovery,” said WestJet President and CEO Ed Sims.

In addition, service between St. John’s, N.L., and Toronto will resume June 24 — after flights were suspended in October while a restart of service between St. John’s, N.L., and Halifax will also be moved up to May 6 from the previous target of June 24.

“Our focus remains on the safe restart of air travel. We ask that federal and provincial governments work with us to provide clarity and certainty to Canadians, including travel policies that support economic recovery and restore jobs,” said Sims who added that with the vaccine being rolled out across the country, the airline is hopeful travel restrictions will soon be lifted.

This news comes a day after Air Canada announced it will resume flights to sun destinations like Jamaica, Mexico and Barbados after they were halted in January at the request of the federal government.