Canada’s WestJet Adds New Seasonal Sun Routes in Winter Schedule

by Staff on July 20, 2011

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.

The additional service represents significant growth to a number of popular U.S. and international destinations, according to WestJet.

“This winter schedule represents growth in key areas within our domestic, transborder and international networks,” says Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet’s executive vice-president, strategy and planning. “For business travellers, we are offering more value and more options this winter in both Central and Western Canada. And for leisure travellers, we are providing more Canadian gateways to sun destinations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Overall, this is a balanced, strategic approach to growth across our three networks.”

WestJet's mid-2011 fleet of 90-plus Boeing 737NGs included 14 Boeing 737-800s and the carrier's future orders will include many more as WestJet expands its network of longer sectors from Canada to Caribbean, Latin American and Hawaii sunspot destinations

WestJet’s new non-stop seasonal routes include Kelowna-Phoenix, to be operated weekly on Mondays from October 31 and with fares starting at C$189 each way. (All fares quoted here do not include taxes and fees.) A new Victoria-Phoenix route will begin on November 4, operating weekly on Fridays with fares from C$189 each way.

On December 15, WestJet will begin twice-weekly Winnipeg-Palm Springs service on Thursdays and Sundays, with one-way fares starting at C$219. Earlier, on October 30, the airline will start operating twice-weekly round-trips on Thursdays and Sundays between London in Ontario and Las Vegas, with one-way fares beginning at C$179.

WestJet will also launch service between London, Ontario and Cancun on November 5, operating weekly flights on Saturdays (adding a second weekly round-trip on Wednesdays from December 14), with one-way fares starting at C$159. On November 5, also, the airline will start operating weekly Thunder Bay-Montego Bay round-trips on Saturdays, with one-way fares starting at C$189.

Another new seasonal route for WestJet will be between Toronto Pearson International Airport and San Juan in Puerto Rico, which the carrier will fly twice weekly on Saturdays and Sundays from November 5. One-way fares will begin at C$189 plus applicable taxes and fees.

To mark the launch of WestJet’s winter schedule, guests who book WestJet Vacations packages before August 14 will receive an early booking bonus of 25 per cent off their next WestJet flight. For more information on this and other offers, visit

This winter WestJet is also resuming its non-stop seasonal service to Hawaii from Calgary and Edmonton. The airline says it will announce details of the services at a later date.

WestJet says that, overall, its winter schedule also represents significant growth in a number of important U.S. and international markets. The airline will increase service to Cancun from 42 to 50 flights per week, offering improved connections from western Canadian gateways.

Service to Phoenix increases from 33 to 43 flights per week, and to Palm Springs from 25 to 32 flights per week, including for the first time an evening flight between Calgary and Palm Springs. WestJet will also increase service to both Kona and Lihue, Hawaii, from two to three times weekly.

WestJet’s “eastern triangle” initiative in Canada’s most populated corridor will also continue through the winter. The airline will continue operating 10 round-trips daily between Toronto and Montréal and nine flights daily between Toronto and Ottawa, backed by WestJet’s on-time service promise.

The carrier has already increased service between Edmonton and Calgary from five to seven round-trips daily. It will increase service between Vancouver and Toronto for the winter from five to six round-trips daily from October 31.

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