Canadian airline WestJet on Sunday announced that it will suspend all international flights as of 11.59 pm March 22.
The announcemt came on the heels of the worldwide spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s explicit declaration to all Canadians abroad to come home in an attempt to control the spread of the virus.
In a media statement released on their website, WestJet president and CEO Ed Sims said: “WestJetters are known for our level of care and this situation is no different. While this is a difficult time, we now have the responsibility as a Canadian airline to bring our citizens home.”
To assist Canadians in returning home on short notice, we are in the process of lowering prices on our remaining seats into Canada in all cabins.
The statement said that the airline will also reduce the domestic flight schedule by approximately 50 per cent, and that ticket prices will be lowered to assist Canadians in returning home on short notice.
Earlier on Monday, Air Canada said that it is cutting its seat capacity in half amid a “severe drop in traffic” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
At least 150 countries have recorded cases of the dreaded disease which has sickened over 190,000 people, and killed more than 7,500 people in its three-month existence.
WestJet flies to Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman, Cuba, Curcao, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Sint Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos.
The airline operates four times a week into Turks and Caicos.