WestJet leads domestic recovery with 11 new routes

  • WestJet offers new nonstop service for 15 communities across Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario
  • WestJet restarts previously suspended service to Atlantic Canada and Quebec City
  • Stimulating air travel benefits all Canadians and supports those hardest hit

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.  

“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 

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