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WestJet expands service from Vancouver

Airline adds 60 flights from YVR and a new non-stop daily service from Halifax to Paris and London (Gatwick).

CALGARY – WestJet announced that it has again enhanced its schedule and connectivity out of its Vancouver hub to key business and leisure destinations in Canada and Mexico, adding 60 more flights weekly.

"WestJet is again providing additional service to benefit both the business traveller as well as the leisure guest," said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. "Since 2013, we have invested in providing 40 per cent more capacity for our guests in the community. With today's increases, we will have more than 80 daily departures, and that means increased connectivity as well as convenience. We are certain business travellers and vacationers alike will be pleased wi th the flexibility and timeliness our enhanced schedule provides."

Details of WestJet's increased service from Vancouver:
An increase of 24 weekly flights between Vancouver and Calgary for a total of 16 times daily, with hourly service in both directions (top of the hour from Vancouver, and bottom of the hour from Calgary).

  • Vancouver-Edmonton from 50 to 59 times weekly (nine times each business day).
  • Vancouver-Calgary, from 88 to 112 times weekly (16 times daily).
  • Vancouver-Kelowna from 40 to 49 times weekly (seven times daily).
  • Vancouver-Ottawa from seven to 14 times weekly (twice daily).
  • Vancouver-Regina from six to seven times weekly (daily).
  • Vancouver-Fort St. John from six to 12 times weekly.
  • Vancouver-Victoria from 33 to 35 times weekly (five times daily).
  • Vancouver-Cancun, from two to three times weekly.
  • Vancouver-Cabo San Lucas from one to two times weekly.

As previously announced, on March 15, WestJet will launch three-time weekly service between Vancouver and Mexico City with the route moving to daily service on April 29.

"We are thrilled that WestJet is enhancing its schedule and connectivity out of YVR this summer. The addition of more than 60 weekly flights provides passengers with even more flexibility when travelling to key destinations in Canada and Mexico," said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "WestJet has been a long-time partner and this announcement further strengthens YVR's position as a hub, providing more non-stop travel options and convenient connections."

As Canada's second busiest airport, YVR plays a significant role in the economy by creating jobs and driving business activity throughout the country. Every flight added at YVR helps create and support jobs, and contributes to B.C.'s economy.

The service is part of the airline's seasonal schedule for the summer of 2018. In addition to the above increases to Vancouver service, highlights of WestJet's 2018 summer schedule include:

New non-stop daily service from Halifax to Paris and London (Gatwick)
The addition of almost 200 flights to WestJet's hubs including 60 to Vancouver, 72 to Calgary and 28 to Toronto.

  • Additional flights from Calgary to a number of transborder and sun destinations including Nashville, Cancun, Dallas / Ft. Worth and Las Vegas.
  • Additional flights from Calgary to a number of domestic destinations including Nanaimo, Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Fort McMurray, Windsor, Grand Prairie, Montreal, Abbotsford, Penticton and Victoria.
  • Additional flights from Edmonton to a number of transborder and domestic destinations including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Kelowna, Fort McMurray and Saskatoon.
  • An increase of 14 weekly flights between Edmonton and Calgary for a total of 12 times daily.
  • Additional flights from Toronto to a number of sun destinations including Cancun, Montego Bay, Nassau, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Fort Myers.
  • Additional flights from Toronto to a number of Canadian destinations including Ottawa, Montreal, Saskatoon and Victoria.
  • An increase of nine new weekly flights between Toronto and Ottawa for a total of 13 times daily.
  • An increase of nine weekly flights between Toronto and Montreal for a total of 14 times daily.

This summer, WestJet will operate an average of 765 daily flights to 92 destinations including 43 in Canada, 22 in the United States, 23 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and four in Europe

Airline adds 28 more flights to domestic, transborder and international destinations out of Toronto
WestJet also announced that it has again enhanced its schedule and connectivity out of its Toronto hub to key business and tourism destinations in Canada, the U.S. Mexico and the Caribbean, adding 28 more weekly flights.

"WestJet is again providing additional service to benefit both the business traveller as well as the leisure guest," said Brian Znotins. "This additional service means business travellers will be able to take advantage of increased frequencies and more convenient schedules,  while vacationers will also have more flights to choose from for their getaways with friends and family this summer. And as one of the only a handful of airlines globally that doesn't overbook, when you pay for a seat, you get a seat."

Details of WestJet's increased service from Toronto:

  • Toronto-Ottawa, 76 to 85 times weekly (13 times each business day).
  • Toronto-Montreal, from 88 to 93 times weekly (14 times each business day).
  • Toronto-Saskatoon, from 10 to 12 times weekly.
  • Toronto-Victoria, from three to four times weekly.
  • Toronto-Cancun, from nine to 10 times weekly.
  • Toronto-Montego Bay, from 10 to 11 times weekly.
  • Toronto-Nassau, from four to five times weekly.
  • Toronto-Puerto Plata, from two to three times weekly.
  • Toronto-Punta Cana, from five to six times weekly.
  • Toronto-Fort Myers, from four to five times weekly.

This summer, WestJet will operate an average of 128 daily flights from Toronto, reflecting a 25 per cent growth in capacity from its Toronto Pearson hub since 2013.

"The growth of WestJet's business out of Toronto Pearson over the last few years is an excellent indication not only of the rising demand for air travel in Ontario, but also of the strong partnership that we have developed," said Kim Stangeby, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. "WestJet's objectives align well with Toronto Pearson's commitment to connecting the world, and this summer's additional service will ensure that business and leisure travellers alike can more easily connect to key destinations in Canada and beyond."

The service is part of the airline's seasonal schedule for the summer of 2018. In addition to the above increases to Toronto service, highlights of WestJet's 2018 summer schedule include:

  • New non-stop daily service from Halifax to Paris and London (Gatwick).
  • The addition of almost 200 flights including 60 to Vancouver, 72 to Calgary and 28 to Toronto.
  • New non-stop four-time weekly service between Calgary and Whitehorse.
  • Additional flights from Vancouver to a number of domestic and international destinations including Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Edmonton, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Fort St. John and Victoria.
  • Additional flights from Calgary to a number of transborder and sun destinations including Nashville, Cancun, Dallas / Ft. Worth and Las Vegas.
  • Additional flights from Calgary to a number of domestic destinations including Nanaimo, Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Fort McMurray, Windsor, Grand Prairie, Montreal, Abbotsford, Penticton and Victoria.
  • An increase of 24 weekly flights between Vancouver and Calgary for a total of 16 times daily, with hourly service in both directions (top of the hour from Vancouver, and bottom of the hour from Calgary).
  • Additional flights from Edmonton to a number of transborder and domestic destinations including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Kelowna, Fort McMurray and Saskatoon.
  • An increase of 14 weekly flights between Edmonton and Calgary for a total of 12 times daily.
  • Additional flights from Toronto to a number of sun destinations including Cancun, Montego Bay, Nassau, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Fort Myers.
  • Additional flights from Toronto to a number of Canadian destinations including Ottawa, Montreal, Saskatoon and Victoria.
  • An increase of nine new weekly flights between Toronto and Ottawa for a total of 13 times daily.
  • An increase of nine weekly flights between Toronto and Montreal for a total of 14 times daily.

This summer, WestJet will operate an average of 765 daily flights to 92 destinations including 43 in Canada, 22 in the United States, 23 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and four in Europe.

WestJet Link launch delayed
WestJet announced a delay in the launch of WestJet Link, a capacity purchase agreement between WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines, to June 2018. The delay comes as Pacific Coastal continues their work in order to be fully able to meet WestJet's operational requirements.

"WestJet apologizes to our guests for the inconvenience these delays may cause," said Brian Znotins. "Impacted guests are being offered several different options including alternative transportation to Calgary to embark on their travel from there, obtaining a full refund or changing the date of travel. We again apologize to our guests for this inconvenience and look forward to the launch of our flights from Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George in June."

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