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Coronavirus: WestJet extends flight cancellations due to reduced demand

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WestJet says it is extending many flight cancellations into early July as it continues to deal with record-low passenger numbers due to COVID-19.

In late April, the Calgary-based carrier said it was cancelling some 18,000 flights between May 5 and June 4.

An announcement from WestJet on Sunday says domestic route suspensions will continue through July 4, and that several domestic seasonal routes also won’t begin until July.

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It further says it is extending its temporary transborder and international route suspensions through to June 25.

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WestJet says the move is to “address significantly reduced guest demand for air travel while continuing to keep critical economic lifelines open for essential travel and cargo.”

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The airline says customers with travel booked after June 5 through July 4 will be notified of their options.

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