"Safety remains our number one priority and we thank Governor Ige and the State of Hawaii for providing this opportunity for Canadians to enjoy all that the islands have to offer while safely supporting the tourism industry", said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer.
Under the new rules, passengers who arrive without a negative test result from what Ige called a trusted partner will not be allowed to skip quarantine even if a negative result occurs shortly after arrival.
Anyone flying to Hawaii will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their departure for the state, with the new rule going into effect two days before Thanksgiving, Governor David Ige announced on Thursday.More news: United States surpasses 12 million COVID-19 cases - Johns Hopkins
Gov. Ige also announced that beginning in mid-December, travelers flying from Canada to Hawaiʻi may bypass the state's mandatory 14-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from labs identified by Air Canada and WestJet.
Since the pandemic began, visitors have had the option of bypassing testing and quarantining for 14 days upon arrival.
A negative test result, from WestJet laboratory partner DynaLIFE, is required within 72-hours of departure to Hawaii. If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of their trip, the traveller must quarantine for 14 days or the length of their stay, whichever one is shorter. Hawaii normally experiences an increase in visitors during the time period many Americans have time off from work and school.More news: Amazon's Making An Upgraded Version Of Its Echo Frames Available To Everyone
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino also applauded the decision. Passengers will then be required to display their negative test result prior to boarding.
Earlier this week, the airline announced its December schedule including twice-weekly, non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and Honolulu and Calgary and Maui. "We have long advocated for safe and science-based strategies over blanket quarantines to enable a safe and secure resumption of air travel".
7,217 passengers in quarantine (non-trusted travel partner or incorrect type of test). "This health and science-based approach to eliminating quarantine will help build confidence in travel to your attractive state and is an important step in getting the tourism and travel industry back up and running while safely supporting the many Canadians who view Hawaiʻi as an wonderful winter getaway", said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. Please, do this. You must do this, otherwise you will face 14-day quarantine.More news: Soyuz MC-17 manned spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome