Canada’s second largest airline, WestJet has announced intentions to resume dozens of flight routes in July 2020, doubling the number of flights they offered in June.

According to a statement on Monday, the airline will offer service to 45 destinations including 39 in Canada, five in the U.S. and one in Mexico between July 5 and August 4.

This marks an increase of 102 per cent routes serviced next month compared to June 2020, but is still 76 per cent less than the same time period in 2019.

“Jurisdictions around the world are opening, allowing citizens to begin flying once again which is kickstarting their economies for recovery,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer, in a statement.

“We’ve heard from the communities we serve and look forward to having Canadians safely participate and stimulate domestic tourism this summer.”

Like other airlines, WestJet has adopted a set of stringent health and safety measures to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including the requirement of screening questions at boarding, face masks throughout travel, and reduced seating on flights.

The airline suspended international operations on March 23. The full schedule for July can be found on their website.

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