WestJet said as of Sunday, March 22, it will suspend all international flights, including the U.S., for 30 days.
The final commercially scheduled flights from international destinations will take off by 11:59 p.m., local time, that night — after that, the company said it will operate rescue and repatriation flights in partnership with the Canadian government.
As of Monday night, when the announcement was made, tickets were no longer available for sale for the 30 day period after March 22.
The Calgary-based company said as of Wednesday, March 18, it will also no longer sell tickets to travellers leaving Canada, until March 22, in order to stop sending Canadians out of the country and focus on bringing them home.
The decision came in response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s declaration that Canadians abroad should return home.
WestJet said it’s also lowering prices on remaining seats on flights into Canada, and is reducing its domestic flight schedule by 50 per cent.
“While this is a difficult time, we now have the responsibility as a Canadian airline to bring our citizens home,” CEO Ed Sims said in the statement.
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