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WestJet Supports Mandatory Vaccination For Airline Workers

WestJet Supports Mandatory Vaccination For Airline Workers
WestJet Supports Mandatory Vaccination For Airline Workers
Written by Harry Johnson

Airline working to implement government’s mandatory vaccination requirement for federally regulated airline employees by the end of October.


  • WestJet currently has an active workforce of approximately 6,000 WestJetters, while 4000 remain inactive or furloughed.
  • Swoop currently has an active workforce of 340 employees, while more than 170 remain inactive or furloughed.
  • The WestJet Group will adhere to the requirement for domestic travelers to be fully-vaccinated or tested prior to departure.

The WestJet Group today welcomed the announcement by Transport Minister Omar Alghabra regarding mandatory vaccinations for federally regulated airline employees.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra

“We continue to be a strong partner in Canada’s vaccination rollout and are working diligently to implement the government’s policy on mandatory vaccines for airline employees,” said Mark Porter, WestJet Executive Vice-President, People and Culture. “Vaccinations are the most effective way to ensure the safety of our guests and employees, while curbing the spread of COVID-19.”

“We understand our people will have questions and will be discussing with our employee and labor groups in real-time,” continued Mr. Porter. “We are seeking additional detail from the federal government on the requirement and are committed to working together to ensure the successful implementation of the policy by late October.”

WestJet currently has an active workforce of approximately 6,000 WestJetters, while 4000 remain inactive or furloughed. Swoop currently has an active workforce of 340 employees, while more than 170 remain inactive or furloughed.

The WestJet Group will adhere to the requirement for domestic travelers to be fully-vaccinated or tested prior to departure. The airline group is advocating that rapid-antigen testing is an acceptable, accessible and affordable alternative for unvaccinated travelers.

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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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