The Calgary-based carrier confirmed in a press release Friday that it is restoring service to many airports in Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
In anticipation of an expected domestic travel boom, WestJet is also adding a few new destinations with up to 26 non-stop routes to and from Pearson International in Toronto starting in July.
“We continue to work on restoring our pre-COVID home network to ensure that when our guests are ready to travel, we are there for them,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Commercial Director.
“WestJet remains committed to rebuilding stronger for the well-being of all Canadians and as we look to reconnect friends, family and loved ones, the safe resumption of travel is essential to Canada’s economic recovery. “
WestJet’s competitors, Air Canada and Transat AT, have already received federal government aid following the massive disruption to air travel caused by COVID-19. But until now, the now private company has been left to fend for itself.
The federal government has repeatedly said that any COVID relief program will come after carriers reimburse passengers for canceled flights and re-establish regional routes.
A full list of updated service routes can be found here.