CALGARY, April 28 /CNW/ - In light of increased concern regarding the
spread of the human swine influenza virus in Mexico, WestJet and WestJet
Vacations will cease service to Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto
Vallarta, Mexico, effective Monday, May 4, 2009. Service will resume to Cabo
San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta on June 20, 2009. Service to Cancun, a
seasonal destination for WestJet, will return in the fall schedule.
All guests who were scheduled to fly to Mexico between now and June 20,
2009, can make the following changes to their travel plans with no change or
1. Travel to the same destination at a later date once service has
2. Select another WestJet destination up to the same value of the
currently booked travel;
3. Request a Future Travel Credit (FTC). This FTC can be used for any
WestJet destination, is fully transferable and is valid for one year
from date of issue;
4. Request a full refund to original form of payment.
The following toll-free numbers are available for guests looking to change
their travel plans.
- From Canada and the United States: 877-953-9234
- From Mexico: 001 800 514 7288
- Those guests having difficulty contacting WestJet using toll-free
numbers may call collect 403-539-7800.
"We certainly understand and empathize with the upheaval this represents
for our guests," said Sean Durfy, WestJet President and Chief Executive
Officer. "Ultimately, we have made this decision for the safety and well-being
of our guests and our WestJetters."
WestJet will be contacting all guests currently in Mexico to inform them
that additional flights are being made available to expedite their early
"As part of our seasonal capacity deployment strategy, we are in the
process of transitioning our fleet from Mexico to domestic flying over the
next few days," continued Sean Durfy. "This minimizes the impact to our
operation and provides us with the flexibility of having additional aircraft
available to bring our guests home."
For more information on human swine influenza, visit the Public Health
Agency of Canada website at www.phac-aspc.gc.ca.
This press release contains forward looking statements relating to future
events that involve risks and uncertainties. Specifically, this release
contains forward-looking information regarding WestJet's planned resumption of
flights to specified destinations in Mexico. This statement is based on the
WestJet's current beliefs and operational plans. These statements are only
predictions and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated
in these statements based upon a number of factors including the prolonged or
increased spread of the human swine influenza virus and other applicable
factors identified in WestJet's filings with the Canadian Security Regulators
which are available under the company's profile at www.sedar.com. WestJet does
not undertake to update these forward-looking statements, except as required
WestJet is Canada's leading high-value low-cost airline offering
scheduled service throughout its 55-city North American and Caribbean network.
Named one of Canada's most admired corporate cultures in 2005, 2006, 2007 and
2008, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased
legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its
modern fleet of 79 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed
deliveries for an additional 42 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013,
WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.
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