Travel News: June 11th 2021

westjet increases flights to hawaii starting winter 2021

According to the official press release published by WestJet, the company today announced significant growth to its Hawaii network, featuring more Dreamliner flight options from Western Canada to Maui and new non-stop service from Calgary to Kona and Lihue this winter. With 57 weekly roundtrip flights on 10 nonstop routes, WestJet offers more service between Canada and Hawaii than any other airline.

“With easing travel restrictions, we know our guests are planning to turn their long-awaited Hawaiian getaway dreams into a well-deserved reality.” said John Weatherill, WestJet, Chief Commercial Officer. “We’ve increased our winter service to Hawaii by more than 25 per cent from 2019 to ensure our guests have increased flexibility and the most affordable, non-stop options from Western Canada.”

WestJet is adding new weekly non-stop service from Calgary (YYC) to Kona (KOA) and Lihue (LIH) beginning in December. With the addition of the new service, WestJet will offer service to four Hawaiian destinations non-stop from Calgary and two from Edmonton.

“Our guests will love to say aloha to the additional direct flights to tropical Hawaii,” said Bob Sartor, President & CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “We’re ready to welcome guests back safely to the home and hub of WestJet and we look forward to the added sunny winter options for Albertans and connecting passengers from out of province.”

Starting this winter… for the rest of the news, please click here and continue reading on WestJet.


southwest airlines increasing domestic flights

According to the official press release, from Southwest Airlines, the Dallas based company has extended its bookable flight schedule through Jan. 5, 2022, adding the carrier’s 18th new airport since early 2020. The carrier announced today service to Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) in New York, will begin Nov. 14, 2021. Syracuse will become the 121st airport for Southwest®. The carrier also published new flights today that resume service to all previously served international destinations.

“We’re continuing to expand our service bringing low fares, flexible policies, and world-famous Hospitality to more people, making it easier to choose Southwest,” said Andrew Watterson, Chief Commercial Officer & Executive Vice President for Southwest Airlines. “Our latest destination in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York not only allows New Yorkers easier access to our growing network, but brings the offerings of Upstate New York to our existing Customers.”


Southwest continues to grow across North America with service to its sixth destination in New York: Syracuse, beginning Nov. 14, 2021. Southwest initially will offer up to three daily flights each way between Syracuse and Baltimore/Washington (BWI), allowing travelers to reach more than 50 destinations across the Southwest network on same-plane or connecting service. Syracuse flights are available for purchase now at®:

For further details, please continue reading on Southwest Airlines.


Canada is easing its travel restrictions

According to Sophia Harris from, Canada has started Phase 1 of a multiphase approach to lift its travel restrictions. However, the government warns that the process will be gradual — based on scientific data and not people’s pleas to reopen the borders.

Fully vaccinated travellers who are currently allowed to enter Canada, will soon be able to skip the federal 14-day quarantine requirement, including the mandated hotel stay. Instead, they’ll have to show proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test, take another test upon arrival, and self-isolate until that test comes back negative. 

The government has not yet set a date for the rule change but says it “hopes” to implement it by early July.

“These changes will only be made if the [COVID-19] case count continues to drop and if the vaccination campaign continues to go well,” said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc in French at a news conference on Wednesday. 

Even with the changes, fully vaccinated travellers may still have to… for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on


Eurowings strengthens Central Europe, opens new base in Prague

According to the official press release publised by Eurowings, the company is expanding its European network: With the opening of a new basis in Prague, the German airline is expanding its services in Central Europe and will initially station two Airbus A320 aircraft in the Czech capital from 31 October 2021. In the summer of 2022, three aircraft will take off for Eurowings with Prague becoming the 10th Eurowings base in Europe. For the first time, the Lufthansa Group subsidiary will then be able to offer non-stop connections from Prague to attractive business and holiday destinations throughout Europe. With its increased presence in the “Golden City” Prague, Eurowings creates more than one hundred new jobs and provides important employment impulses for the Czech aviation market.

Eurowings CEO Jens Bischof: “Eurowings will offer non-stop connections to Czech business travelers and vacationers alike – just in time for the relaunch of air traffic after the long-time Corona crisis. We will focus on offering local touch combined with top-notch customer-friendly services at our Prague base that will clearly distinguish Eurowings from low-cost airlines. We are looking forward to soon convincing many Czech guests about our excellent Eurowings products and services.”

Current airline rankings show Eurowings is one of the most…for the rest of the press release, please contonue reading on Eurowings.


Alaska Airlines adds new flights to sun-filled spots

According to the official press release published by Alaska Airlines, the Seattle based company is now offering several new nonstop routes to make it easier to escape to places known for wintertime sun and fun. The new routes are the following:

Weekly, seasonal service between San Francisco and Cancun on Dec. 16, offering our Bay Area guests a convenient way to get away to eastern Mexico.

The company is also planning to launch two new flights from Portland on Dec. 16 to Tampa and New Orleans – the only nonstops from the Rose City to these two Southern destinations. These routes are also seasonal service, each with several flights a week.

On Nov. 19, they will open another new route connecting Palm Springs and Austin. It’s the only nonstop flight between the heart of the Coachella Valley and the Texas capital with flights five times a week.

“Since March, our bookings for leisure travel have exceeded what they were before the pandemic. For many of our guests, there’s an increased confidence that comes after being vaccinated. They were cooped up for well over a year – now they’re ready to relax, enjoy and explore,” said Brett Catlin, vice president of network and alliances at Alaska Airlines. “With these new routes, we can whisk them away to destinations that have a warm sparkle in the wintertime.”

For the rest of the press release, please click here and continue reading on Alaska Airlines.


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