WestJet leads domestic recovery with the addition of 11 new routes

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By WestJet | | 2 min read

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." 

New routes: 

Route

Frequency 

Effective from

Toronto – Fort McMurray 

2x weekly (Wed, Sun) 

June 6, 2021 

Kelowna – Saskatoon 

2x weekly (Thu, Sun) 

June 24, 2021 

Kelowna – Regina 

2x weekly (Thu, Sun) 

June 24, 2021 

Saskatoon – Victoria 

2x weekly (Thu, Sun) 

June 24, 2021 

Winnipeg – Victoria 

3x weekly (Thu, Sat, Sun) 

June 24, 2021 

Edmonton – Kamloops 

2x weekly (Thu, Sun) 

June 24, 2021 

Edmonton – Penticton 

2x weekly (Thu, Sun) 

June 24, 2021 

Edmonton – Nanaimo 

2x weekly (Fri, Sun) 

June 25, 2021 

Prince George – Abbotsford 

2x weekly (Fri, Sun) 

June 25, 2021 

Ottawa – Victoria 

1x weekly (Sat) 

June 26, 2021 

Toronto – Comox 

1x weekly (Sat) 

June 26, 2021