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YYCguys Jun 10, 2020 7:36 PM

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Originally Posted by hollywoodcory (Post 8948003)
^YYC will likely bottom out in May, as they saw further domestic cuts and no international flights, and only 12 weekly US flights.

Also I just read that Canada/US (border restrictions) will very likely be extended through July so I wouldn't count on many of those Transborder increases that were planned on happening. I'll be curious to see if WS still goes ahead with it's planned Transborder resumption later this month. Perhaps that what they've been waiting for before published it's revised July schedule?

If the border has been closed, how can air travel between the two countries have been occurring throughout the whole pandemic?

esquire Jun 10, 2020 7:39 PM

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Originally Posted by YYCguys (Post 8948030)
If the border has been closed, how can air travel between the two countries have been occurring throughout the whole pandemic?

Essential travel... border crossings are restricted, not closed entirely.

thenoflyzone Jun 11, 2020 2:52 PM

Pretty much what I said. End of July. Hopefully that doesn't get pushed back even further. This is good news, and most of the TATL flights listed can be operated by the A321neoLR, helping to cut costs.

https://www.transat.com/en-CA/corpor...eleases/124315

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Flights for summer 2020

Transat expects to resume its flights and tour operator activities as of July 23, provided that the travel restrictions applicable on that date allow it.

From Montreal, Air Transat will gradually operate direct flights to Athens (Greece), Bordeaux (France), Lisbon (Portugal), Lyon (France), Nantes (France), Marseille (France), Paris (France) and Toulouse (France)[/B]. Travellers from Toronto will benefit from direct flights to Athens (Greece), Glasgow (Scotland), London (England), Manchester (England), Porto (Portugal) and Rome (Italy).

For travellers who wish to fly south, Air Transat will offer direct flights to Cayo Coco (Cuba), Cancun (Mexico), Fort Lauderdale (Florida) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) from both Montreal and Toronto, in addition to one direct flight a week to Port-au-Prince (Haiti) from Montreal.

To open the door to even more destinations via connecting flights and to allow Canadians to explore more of their country, the airline will also offer domestic flights between Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

...

Until the end of the summer season, the airline is suspending its flights to certain destinations in Europe (Amsterdam, Basel-Mulhouse, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Faro, Lamezia, Madrid, Malaga, Nice, Prague, Venice and Zagreb), the South (Cayo Largo, Holguin, Montego Bay, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Roatan, Santa Clara, Samana and Varadero) and the United States (New Orleans, Orlando and San Diego). It is also suspending all its direct flights to Europe and the South from Vancouver and Quebec City.

kwoldtimer Jun 11, 2020 3:32 PM

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Originally Posted by esquire (Post 8948034)
Essential travel... border crossings are restricted, not closed entirely.

And Canadian citizens and permanent residents have not been prevented from returning to/arriving in Canada, afaik.

hollywoodcory Jun 11, 2020 5:24 PM

WestJet’s July schedule should be released this weekend. Based on what I’ve heard it will be similar to June with limited Transborder/International operations. I don’t think there will be any long haul flying as the 787 are only showing YYC-YYZ turns for now.

Also sounds like their priority for Europe is LGW and CDG being resumed by year end.

casper Jun 12, 2020 4:39 AM

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Originally Posted by kwoldtimer (Post 8948881)
And Canadian citizens and permanent residents have not been prevented from returning to/arriving in Canada, afaik.

There was also a massive migration of students as universities switched to online only or start to wrap up their academic year. Reports are that flights from Canada to Asia has been fully booked for quite some time as strudents make there way home.

hollywoodcory Jun 12, 2020 10:22 PM

Temperature checks are being implemented at airports nationwide now. YYZ, YUL, YVR and YYC will have international pax screened by the end of this month, and it will further expand to domestic passengers in July. Sounds like all other airports will see this in September. Alberta has already begun screening its 3 non-domestic arriving flights.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/corona...ents-1.4981430

Additionally, WestJet and Air Canada have joined together with 150 tourism related companies (and some Airport authorities) to request the government to encourage travel this summer.

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/westjet-j...avel-1.4982171

Also WS has quietly removed it's planned YYZ-MCO resumption from later this month. YYC-LAX/ATL/LAS, YYZ-LGA/CUN & YVR-LAX remain scheduled from June 26.

thenoflyzone Jun 13, 2020 12:26 AM

Temperature checks. For the umpteenth time, fucking useless.

FlyYOW Jun 13, 2020 1:28 AM

Medical theater added to security theater.

Pop a couple tylenol or advil before heading to the airport and you're "good to go".

hollywoodcory Jun 14, 2020 4:04 AM

WestJet July schedule changes are slowly popping up. Seeing all long-hauls removed until August.

So far I see the following:

Transborder resumptions from June 26:
YYC-LAX 4x weekly
YYC-ATL 1x daily
YVR-LAX 4x weekly
YYZ-LGA 1x daily

June 28:
YYC-LAS 2x weekly (expands to 4x weekly in July)

July 5:
YVR-LAS 2x weekly
YYZ-LAS 2x weekly

July 11:
YYZ-MCO 1x weekly

International resumptions from June 27:
YYZ-CUN 1x weekly

Some domestic routes have also been resumed too. Full Domestic schedule is here:
https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel...estic-schedule

nname Jun 14, 2020 6:28 AM

I understand YYZ-LGA... but how would YYC-ATL able to sustain 1x daily flight as early as June 26? Is there something really special about that route?

Interestingly that WS opt to resume LAS from all their hubs, after AC just slashed service to LAS by more than half...

TheGreatestX Jun 14, 2020 6:33 AM

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Originally Posted by hollywoodcory (Post 8951129)
WestJet July schedule changes are slowly popping up. Seeing all long-hauls removed until August.

So far I see the following:

Transborder resumptions from June 26:
YYC-LAX 4x weekly
YYC-ATL 1x daily
YVR-LAX 4x weekly
YYZ-LGA 1x daily

June 28:
YYC-LAS 2x weekly (expands to 4x weekly in July)

July 5:
YVR-LAS 2x weekly
YYZ-LAS 2x weekly

July 11:
YYZ-MCO 1x weekly

International resumptions from June 27:
YYZ-CUN 1x weekly

Some domestic routes have also been resumed too. So far I see:
YYC-YUL
YYC-YOW
YYC-YHZ
All showing 6x weekly from July 5.

Lots of domestic flying back at YEG... YQU, YLW, YYJ, YXE, YQR, YWG

YYCguys Jun 14, 2020 1:38 PM

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Originally Posted by nname (Post 8951209)
Interestingly that WS opt to resume LAS from all their hubs, after AC just slashed service to LAS by more than half...

Essential travel only...to LAS???? :shrug:

hollywoodcory Jun 14, 2020 4:23 PM

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Originally Posted by nname (Post 8951209)
I understand YYZ-LGA... but how would YYC-ATL able to sustain 1x daily flight as early as June 26? Is there something really special about that route?

Interestingly that WS opt to resume LAS from all their hubs, after AC just slashed service to LAS by more than half...

Probably for Delta connections. It allows them to serve the entire southeastern portion of the US.

As for LAS, I was surprised too but advance bookings appear to be alright?

https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel...ional-schedule
This page mentions June 29-August 4, but there are flights scheduled from June 26.

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Originally Posted by TheGreatestX (Post 8951212)
Lots of domestic flying back at YEG... YQU, YLW, YYJ, YXE, YQR, YWG

Thanks! Hadn't had a chance to run through all the domestic schedules yet. According to it's website 22 previously suspended domestic routes are resuming.

https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel...estic-schedule

Dominion301 Jun 14, 2020 11:29 PM

Quite a bit of domestic capacity added. Will middle seats continue to be blocked?

YYCguys Jun 15, 2020 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Dominion301 (Post 8951630)
Quite a bit of domestic capacity added. Will middle seats continue to be blocked?

If the airline (any airline) wishes to woo the public back to flying with confidence and health and safety as the front of mind, I should hope that middle seats will continue to be blocked!

hollywoodcory Jun 15, 2020 12:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Dominion301 (Post 8951630)
Quite a bit of domestic capacity added. Will middle seats continue to be blocked?

Yes, WestJet is blocking the middle seats on all flights until further notice.

Rollerstud98 Jun 15, 2020 1:17 AM

Be nice if they removed a row or 2 from the back or front and stretch out some leg room too!

casper Jun 15, 2020 3:30 AM

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Originally Posted by YYCguys (Post 8951272)
Essential travel only...to LAS???? :shrug:

I will have you know I average 3 to 4 trips to Las Vegas a year. Related company has a factory down there. North Las Vegas is actually fairly industrial. It also has a good sized residential community (with a good number of Canadians having second homes).

Perhaps I am the minority and most people on the flight are looking for liquor, gambling and the pool parties.

zahav Jun 15, 2020 5:40 AM

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Originally Posted by casper (Post 8951801)
I will have you know I average 3 to 4 trips to Las Vegas a year. Related company has a factory down there. North Las Vegas is actually fairly industrial. It also has a good sized residential community (with a good number of Canadians having second homes).

Perhaps I am the minority and most people on the flight are looking for liquor, gambling and the pool parties.

You are certainly in the minroty for LAS flights; travel for industrial or busiess (non-convention or hotel related) is tiny. The vast majority of people on all LAS flights are going for a vacation


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