The transportation industry continues to feel the impacts of COVID-19, with more flights across the country being delayed or cancelled.

Just last month, WestJet announced they would be cutting back 20% of their scheduled February flights due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, uncertainties surrounding travel, staffing levels, weather and government restrictions.

Read more: WestJet slashes 20% of its scheduled flights due to impacts of Omicron

Now, in an updated release, WestJet has announced they will be further extending these schedule restrictions by another 20% throughout the month of March. 

“For two years, WestJet has gone above and beyond to keep our guests safe throughout their travel journey,” said Harry Taylor, Interim President & CEO, The WestJet Group. 

“Travel advisories, restrictions and testing requirements were meant to be temporary, yet our industry has now reached an impasse that is severely impacting the recovery of our airline and sector. The time is now to present a path forward that is in line with our global counterparts, reflective of current data and once again makes travel accessible and affordable for Canadians.”

Currently, WestJet requires all passengers aged 12 and older and staff to provide proof of full-immunization against COVID-19 in order to fly. 

In addition, guests (aged 5 years and over) taking international trips of any duration must present an approved COVID-19 test that was taken outside of Canada before boarding their return flight into the country.

According to the release, travellers impacted by this additional flight consolidation will be notified of changes to their itineraries by email. 

Prior to calling, travellers are encouraged to utilize self-service options. Currently, a notice on the WestJet website indicates they are experiencing high call wait times and to only call if you are within 72 hours of your expected flight time.

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