By Cindy Belyk
On December 12, 2015, Westjet introduced direct service from Calgary, Alberta (YYC) to Huatulco, Mexico (HUX). This announcement was thrilling for a lot of us Western Canadians. Finally an easy connection from small towns in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan to Westjet’s hub in Calgary. From Calgary, a six hour flight on a non-charter airline.
As part of their regular service, Westjet also offers no charge on humanitarian packages ~ up to 50 lbs. per passenger; packed separately from your personal belongings. (You must contact the call center to indicate you have a humanitarian package so it can be noted on your reservation).
Helping local Huatulco charities:
Before you fly from Canada to Huatulco, consult your favourite charity to see what is needed in the community.
Bacaanda Foundation / El Sueño Zapoteco: Supporting rural schools in and around the Huatulco area. Check Facebook for an updated “school supply wish list”.
Palmas Unidas Bahias de Huatulco: Dog rescue; Spay and neuter clinics. Check Facebook for a detailed “wish list” (some examples: old towels, leashes, collars, dog sweaters, etc).
Club Rotario Huatulco: Consult Facebook for the library wishlist. Can currently use good-condition books in English for all ages.
Huatulco Food Bank: In need of closed-toe shoes to fit children aged 5~12; gently used backpacks, early reading books in Spanish.
Traveling with animals:
Westjet only accepts small animals for travel in the cabin. Fees range from $50 ~ $59 (plus taxes). For further information please refer to Westjet’s “General entrance requirements for guests travelling with pets”.
According to a Westjet agent, the policy on pets in the cabin and people with allergies to animals is that anyone with any allergies should always notify the airline. In the case of animal allergies, seat changes would be made.
Booking flights from Mexico to Canada?
Westjet would like to remind you if you are a Canadian traveling from Mexico to Canada, a simple call to their agents rather than booking online, will result in your fare being charged in Canadian dollars rather than US Dollars.
Westjet’s toll free number from Mexico is 001-800-514-7288
Westjet flights are scheduled to depart Canada for the 2016/17 season starting
Saturday, October 22, 2016 (depart from Toronto)
Monday, October 24, 2016 (depart from Calgary)
For complete details regarding Westjet policies please refer to www.westjet.com