WestJet to Add Services and More Flights from Québec Province

WestJet is increasing service and launching new routes from Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Québec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport. Overall, the airline is adding 105 more flights per week from Québec province, a capacity increase of 74 per cent.

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Air China will extend its existing Beijing-Montreal service on to Havana on a one-stop basis from December 27.

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Air Canada will launch non-stop services between four Canadian hubs and 12 U.S. cities in its summer 2016 season, with 10 of the 12 new routes to be operated on a year-round basis.

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Air China will launch three-times-weekly Beijing-Montreal non-stop service on September 29. According to Air China, the new route will represent the world’s first transpacific non-stop service between Asia and Montreal.

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Montréal will be will Icelandair’s first gateway in the province of Québec and its 16th in North America, though the carrier will only be serving 15 of them in 2016: Icelandair dropped Baltimore Washington International Airport as a gateway some years ago.

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Air China will create the first direct transpacific link between Asia and Montréal when it launches non-stop service between Beijing and Montréal on September 29. Air Canada and Air China intend subsequently to form a revenue-sharing joint venture for their flights between China and Canada.

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Air Canada is expanding its North American route network by adding eight non-stop routes in its summer 2015 schedule, as well as increasing capacity on two other routes. Four will be operated by regional-airline partner Jazz Aviation LP and four by Air Canada rouge.

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Air Canada will launch year-round mainline service to Amsterdam from Toronto next June to expand its international network. Additions to the airline’s summer 2015 network also include new Air Canada rouge seasonal service from Montréal to Venice and between Vancouver and Osaka.

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This spring Air Canada’s leisure-carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, is taking over eight routes previously operated by Air Canada from Toronto and Montreal to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, Cancun and Tampa.

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Panama’s Copa Airlines will launch new services this year from Panama City to Montreal in Canada, Fort Lauderdale in Florida, and Georgetown in Guyana. The new destinations will bring Copa Airlines’ route network to a total of 69 destinations in 30 countries.

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The Air Canada group of carriers is expanding its international services to Europe from Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary in its summer 2014 Europe schedule.

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Air Canada has decided to extend its current seasonal flights between Montréal and San Francisco to a year-round service, beginning in November. The airline will operate all flights on the Montréal-San Francisco route with Airbus A319 aircraft.

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In addition to the 14 routes which Air Canada’s new leisure-airline brand will serve from July 1, Air Canada rouge will add seasonal flights operating from October through March to another 13 sunspot destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida and Southwestern U.S. for “snowbird” winter-season leisure travelers.

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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; and Manzanillo in Mexico, to be served from Calgary International Airport.

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The airline is beginning service to San Diego, Augusta in Georgia, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Fayetteville in Arkansas, and the Canadian cities of Montreal and Toronto from the U.S. capital’s downtown airport.

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Under the first phase of the new codeshare agreement, Delta Air Lines will place its ‘DL’ flight code on WestJet flights to more than 15 Canadian cities, while WestJet will add its ‘WS’ code to Delta flights in five markets. Codeshare service begins on January 23.

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The codeshare agreement will place Japan Airlines’ ‘JL’ flight indicator on WestJet-operated flights between Vancouver and six Canadian cities – Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg – from December 15.

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Canadian carrier WestJet is launching seasonal service to new sun destinations from Kelowna, Victoria, Winnipeg, London and Thunder Bay as part of its winter 2011-2012 flight schedule.

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U.S. domestic charter airline service Direct Air plans to serve Lakeland in Florida and San Juan in Puerto Rico from northern New York State’s Plattsburgh International Airport from November.

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