Monday , 19 October 2020
(Lloyd Connect)

Westjet ends physical distancing on flights

Residents booking a Westjet flight out of the Lloydminster airport will notice all seats available as the airline announces the end of physical distancing on flights.

Westjet stated in a release on Friday that it’s removing its seat distancing protocol on domestic flights starting July 1st.

“WestJet has built a robust framework to ensure Canadians can travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All program. The guidance supports the measures that WestJet has implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19,” stated Westjet.

The announcement comes after the Calgary-based airline reviewed the International Air Transport Association’s guidance.

The company said space was not needed due to its flights having HEPA filters installed to clean recirculated air and the air flow in cabins flows from the ceiling to the floor.

WestJet adds the seat backs also provide protection for passengers.

The airline mentioned using methods to prevent the spread of infection such as mandatory temperature checks of all passengers, enhanced cleaning and sanitization of all touch points, modifications to its in-flight service, aircraft fogging and a requirement for guests and crew to wear masks.

“Safety is at the forefront of every decision we make and as our industry adapts to a new normal, we will continue to adjust our health measures to ensure the safest travel experience. This includes spending millions of dollars in cleaning and sanitizing measures, along with personal protective equipment, to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests and our people.”

WestJet’s online booking service is expected to resume regular operations Wednesday.

Following WestJet’s decision, Air Canada also announced the end of the restriction on seats for July 1st.



About Tre Lopushinsky

Tre is the lead reporter/editor at Lloyd Connect. He is a NAIT Radio and Television alumni. Tre has experience in radio, audio production, video editing and news reporting. During his time at NAIT he worked as a sports editor for the college paper and was a commentator for NAIT Ooks Basketball and volleyball teams. Some residents may know him as being the "giant employee" in the community for the past two years. Tre, for some reason, hasn’t veered away from his childhood as he has a passion for collecting figures (not dolls!).

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