WestJet plans to add four new sunspot destinations and extend its service to two more resort destinations from seasonal to year-round flights as part of its 2012-2013 winter schedule.
Subject to government approvals, WestJet will add Antigua, Curaçao and Liberia in Costa Rica as new seasonal destinations, all to be served from Toronto Pearson International Airport (IATA code YYZ); and Manzanillo in Mexico, to be served from Calgary International Airport (YYC).
WestJet will operate twice-weekly round-trips on Wednesdays and Sundays between Toronto and Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU), starting on October 28 and operating until April 24, 2013.
On the Toronto-Curaçao route, WestJet will operate weekly round-trips on Sundays between Pearson International Airport and Curaçao’s Hato International Airport (CUR) from October 28 until April 21, 2013.
The carrier will serve the Toronto-Liberia, Costa Rica route twice a week, with round-trips between Pearson and Liberia’s Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) on Mondays and Saturdays from October 29 until April 27, 2013.
WestJet will fly a weekly round-trip between Calgary International Airport and Manzanillo Playa de Oro International Airport (ZLO) on Fridays from November 2 until April 26, 2013.
“The addition of these new sun destinations as part of our 2012-2013 winter schedule demonstrates our ongoing strategic focus on expanding our offerings within the popular sun destination market,” says John MacLeod, WestJet’s vice-president, alliances and strategy and chief network officer.
“With some two dozen Caribbean hotspots and seven destinations in Mexico, Canadians looking for the sun this winter will have no shortage of choices for their getaway vacations,” adds MacLeod.
WestJet’s upcoming winter schedule will also extend non-stop service between Toronto Pearson and Kingston, Jamaica, from seasonal to year-round status, and increase non-stop service between Aruba and Toronto Pearson from once to twice weekly.
New WestJet routes this year include Kelowna-Los Angeles; Ottawa-Fort Myers; London, Ontario-Varadero; Thunder Bay-Cancun; Montreal-Providenciales; Montreal-St. Martin, St. John’s-Punta Cana and Winnipeg-Cabo San Lucas.
WestJet will also expand service from various Canadian cities to Hawaii, California, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
The carrier has also added an eighth daily flight between Toronto Pearson and New York LaGuardia Airport. With departures timed to match the needs of business travelers, WestJet offers connections and access to more than a dozen destinations beyond LaGuardia through codeshare partner Delta Air Lines.
WestJet’s current fleet plan, including known fleet additions and aircraft which the airline can either hand back or lease again at the end dates of their existing leases, allow for WestJet to be operating anywhere from 102 to 135 Boeing 737NG jets by the end of 2018.
In addition, WestJet is planning to launch a new regional airline which will operate up to 45 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops on lower-density Canadian domestic and transborder routes.