WestJet adds extra international flights to get Canadians home amid coronavirus restrictions

WestJet has added a number of additional flights between international and trans-border destinations over the next two days as it works to get Canadians back home as the country is restricting travel because of COVID-19.

As of Sunday, WestJet won’t be flying people out of Canada, the company said.

The following flights — scheduled between Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Playa de Oro and Gatwick — for Thursday and one for Friday have seats open, WestJet said Wednesday:

Travellers can book seats at the basic economy price online at westjet.com.

WestJet said the flight situation is “rapidly changing” and the airline is making decisions based on advice and announcements from various governments, organizations and agencies.

“It takes time to understand all of the details included in each announcement,” WestJet said. “We are working as quickly a possible to share additional information on our plans.”

Guests are being told to regularly check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.

On Wednesday, WestJet said 165 flights were cancelled.

The cancellation tally for Thursday was 232.

“Our flexible change/cancel has been updated to permit $0 change/change to occur up to two hours before departure,” the airline said, adding that fee waiver applies to flights between March and April 30.

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