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WestJet leads domestic recovery with the addition of 11 new routes

WestJet leads domestic recovery with the addition of 11 new routes

Old Mar 26, 21, 8:15 am
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WestJet leads domestic recovery with the addition of 11 new routes

https://westjet.mediaroom.com/2021-0...-routesCALGARY, AB, March 26, 2021 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced 11 new domestic routes across Western Canada. The routes will offer new nonstop service for 15 communities across Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. The enhancements follow an announcement made earlier in the week to return previously suspended service to Atlantic Canada and Quebec City.

A message from WestJet President and CEO Ed Sims, on the airline's commitment to Canada's safe restart, is available here.

"As we look to the coming months with cautious optimism, we know our restart agenda will be pivotal to Canada's economic recovery," said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. "Stimulating air travel benefits all Canadians and supports those hardest hit; with one in every 10 Canadian jobs tied to travel and tourism, the ripple effect benefits our whole country."

The new routes include service between Toronto (YYZ) and Comox (YQQ); between Ottawa (YOW) and Victoria (YYJ) and eight new routes connecting the prairie provinces to British Columbia tourism destinations, such as Regina (YQR) to Kelowna (YLW). Full schedule details and start dates are outlined below.

"We are at an inflection point; one that is buoyed by the rollout of vaccines, months of learning how to take appropriate precautions, and a view to Canada's beautiful summer months that allows us to spend more time outdoors," continued Sims. "If Canadians were to shift two-thirds of their planned international-leisure travel spend towards domestic tourism, it would help sustain 150,000 jobs and accelerate recovery by one year, all while seeing what Canada has to offer."

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Old Mar 26, 21, 8:18 am
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The YouTube video as part of the release was quite interesting. CEO specifically made a point about evaluating new aircraft types for Encore, WS, and Swoop. Also made a point about new international destinations on 737 MAX and 787s.

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Old Mar 26, 21, 9:41 am
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Originally Posted by On Time Reports View Post
The YouTube video as part of the release was quite interesting. CEO specifically made a point about evaluating new aircraft types for Encore, WS, and Swoop. Also made a point about new international destinations on 737 MAX and 787s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=3PpYUYvHtBM

I am wondering if they are considering the a220 at all ?
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Old Mar 26, 21, 12:49 pm
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Super cool to see Edmonton to Penticton on a weekend basis! Have thought this would be a logical route for years so glad to see it come to fruition!
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Old Mar 26, 21, 3:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Altaflyer View Post
Super cool to see Edmonton to Penticton on a weekend basis! Have thought this would be a logical route for years so glad to see it come to fruition!
Weekend basis? Never heard twice weekly described as such but yes, seeing Edmonton get some new destinations for the upcoming Staycation Summer adds some options.
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Old Mar 27, 21, 9:06 am
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Glad to finally see YYJ-YOW in the cards. Too bad the times aren't great for someone looking to commute for the weekend - a westbound YOW-YYJ leaving around 1700/1800, and returning Sunday evening would have been ideal, for my purposes anyway
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Old Mar 27, 21, 3:29 pm
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The problem with flying from Kelowna to Saskatoon is at the end of it youíre in Saskatoon.
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Old Mar 27, 21, 5:11 pm
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Itís a nice addition to the overload of 8-9 daily flights on YEG-YLW....I think this is a record....we shall see what kind of uptake they get.
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