Dreaming of sipping a cocktail on an endless, glistening white sand beach?
While international travel is still a couple of months away for Canadians, WestJet will provide more service between Canada and Hawaii than any other airline this winter.
Canada's second-largest airline announced Thursday (June 10) that it will provide 57 round-trip flights on 10 nonstop routes for the winter 2021/2022 season. The new routes will feature more Dreamliner flight options from Western Canada to Maui and new non-stop service from Calgary to Kona and Lihue this winter.
WestJet Chief Commercial Officer John Weatherill said the airline increased its winter service to Hawaii by over 25 per cent from 2019 "to ensure our guests have increased flexibility and the most affordable, non-stop options from Western Canada."
More 787 Dreamliner options from Vancouver
Starting this winter, WestJet will add 787 Dreamliner service from Calgary and Vancouver to Kahului, Maui (OGG) with 13 weekly flights.
With daytime departures, the airline says its 787 service to Maui from Western Canada ensures that guests arrive in Maui in the early afternoon, with time to make the most out of their plans. The airline's signature Dreamliner service also features lie-flat seats with on-demand dining and entertainment.
"Like the Kolea bird, many Canadians return each year to the Hawaiian Islands during the winter months," said David Y. Ige, Governor, Hawaii. "They respect the people, place and culture, and we welcome them back. Increased international passengers can help us better balance the needs of our residents and visitors. Mahalo to WestJet for partnering with the state to keep residents and visitors alike safe and healthy."
WestJet is also 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.
Current Hawaii entrance requirements can be found on the State of Hawaii's Safe travel page.
Earlier this week, WestJet launched its Travel Ready Series aimed to welcome guests back to travel. The series was created to ensure guests are equipped and prepared with the information they need to enjoy a safe return to air travel.
WestJet route and schedule frequency
The federal government is set to unveil plans in the coming weeks for easing international travel restrictions for Canadians who’ve received two COVID-19 vaccine doses.
But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped short of confirming Tuesday whether fully vaccinated Canadians will be able to travel more freely by this summer.
Instead, he emphasized multiple times during a media briefing that the easing of restrictions will target those who’ve received two vaccine doses.
With files from Tyler Orton / Business In Vancouver.