WestJet brings back the heat this Winter

WestJet
By WestJet | | 3 min read

Airline to return 17 sun and leisure routes suspended during pandemic to destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico and U.S.

WestJet today celebrated the return of 17 sun routes to its network this winter. The returning routes which were suspended for more than two years, bring enhanced connectivity and vacation options for Canadians and communities across the airline’s network.

“The restart of these routes is another positive step in the restoration our network as we solidify WestJet as the reliable, friendly and affordable airline we are known to be,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer. “We recognize the past three winters have been disruptive to our guests travel plans and we look forward to reconnecting Canadians to some of the warmer destinations they have missed the most.”

The airline today also announced new six-times weekly regional service between Penticton, B.C., and Vancouver beginning on February 17, 2023 on WestJet Link along with the restart of domestic connectivity between Edmonton and Nanaimo, B.C.

Highlights from WestJet’s winter schedule release:

Sun and Leisure, Transborder and Transatlantic:

·       Restart of 17 sun and leisure routes suspended since 2019

·       45 per cent increase to sun and leisure flights from winter 2021

·       60 per cent increase in transborder flights from winter 2021

·       25 per cent increase in transatlantic flights from winter 2021

WestJet’s investments in sun, transborder and leisure flying are growing across the country with:

o   A 50% increase in flights from Central/Eastern Canada from winter 2021

o   A 55% increase in flights from Western Canada from winter 2021

Network-wide:

·       65 per cent increase in flights to/from Winnipeg (YWG) from winter 2021

·       50 per cent increase in flights to/from Edmonton (YEG) from winter 2021

·       35 per cent increase in flights to/from Vancouver (YVR) from winter 2021

·       30 per cent increase in flights to/from Calgary (YYC) from winter 2021

·       10 per cent increase in flights to/from Toronto (YYZ) from winter 2021

Domestic:

·       New domestic connection between Vancouver and Penticton, B.C., on WestJet Link

·       Restart of Edmonton-Nanaimo route suspended since 2019

·       25 per cent overall increase in flights network-wide domestically from winter 2021

Transborder Restarts:

Route

Restart Date

Peak Frequency

Operated By

Kelowna – Phoenix

November 16, 2022

1x Weekly

WestJet

Saskatoon – Las Vegas

November 10, 2022

2x Weekly

WestJet

Saskatoon – Orlando*

December 16, 2022

1x Weekly

WestJet

Regina – Las Vegas

November 10, 2022

2x Weekly

WestJet

Regina – Orlando

December 16, 2022

1x Weekly

WestJet

Vancouver – Orlando

November 12, 2022

1x Weekly

WestJet

Winnipeg – Phoenix

October 31, 2022

2x Weekly

WestJet

St. John’s – Tampa Bay

March 19, 2023

1x Weekly

WestJet

*Operated on very limited basis in 2021

 

Carribean, Mexico, Central American Restarts:

Route

Restart Date

Peak Frequency

Operated By

Calgary – Belize City

November 18, 2022

1x Weekly

WestJet

Calgary – Nassau

November 26, 2022

1x weekly

WestJet

Calgary – Varadero

November 5, 2022

1x Weekly

WestJet

Comox – Puerto Vallarta

November 5, 2022

1x Weekly

WestJet

Ottawa – Montego Bay

November 12, 2022

2x Weekly

WestJet

Regina – Cancun*

November 13, 2022

2x Weekly

WestJet

Toronto – Cayo Coco

November 5, 2022

1x Weekly

WestJet

Toronto – Samana

December 17, 2022

1x Weekly

WestJet

Winnipeg – Montego Bay

December 17, 2022

1x Weekly

WestJet

*Operated on very limited basis in 2021

 

Domestic Routes:

Route

Start Date

Frequency

Operated by

Vancouver – Penticton*

February 17, 2023

6x Weekly

WestJet Link

Edmonton – Nanaimo

October 30, 2022

3x Weekly

WestJet Encore

*new route