Canadian carrier WestJet is launching daily non-stop service to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California from Vancouver and Calgary on May 2 and...

Canadian carrier WestJet is launching daily non-stop service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, California from Vancouver and Calgary on May 2 and June 13, respectively, as part of its 2011 summer schedule.

“O.C. is a great addition to our already successful service to Los Angeles,” says Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet’s executive vice-president, strategy and planning. “John Wayne Airport, located only minutes from Anaheim, offers car rentals on site and provides our guests with a gateway to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and the surfing hot spot of Huntington Beach as well as water parks, historic landmarks and plenty of shopping attractions.”

WestJet is offering introductory one-way fares starting at C$99 plus government taxes and fees for its Vancouver-Orange County service. The schedule will see WestJet’s daily flight depart Vancouver International Airport (YVR) from May 2 onwards at 10:30 a.m. and land at SNA at 1:23 p.m. The return flight is timed to leave SNA at 2:15 p.m. and arrive at YVR at 5:05 p.m.

The airline is also offering introductory one-way fares from C$99 plus taxes and fees on its Calgary-Orange County route. WestJet’s schedule for the route calls for its daily flight to leave Calgary International Airport (YYC) at 9:30 a.m. from June 13 onwards and reach SNA at 11:49 a.m. local time. In the other direction, WestJet’s flight will push back from the gate at SNA at 12:30 p.m. and get to YYC at 4:35 p.m. local time.

A Westjet 737-700 lands on Runway 31 at Regina International Airport in Saskatchewan

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WestJet’s 2011 summer schedule also includes increased service to many of its destinations, the airline demonstrating continued but measured growth across its network.

“This year’s summer schedule is built to provide WestJet guests with ample travel opportunities and choices. You’ll see daily service from Vancouver to Maui and Honolulu and daily service between Toronto and Cancun, to name a few. Overall, we’re offering expanded summer service across our network,” says Dunleavy.

WestJet will operate the Vancouver-Honolulu route daily from May 2. The airline will also offer daily flights between Vancouver and Maui from May 2; and twice-daily round-trips between Vancouver and Las Vegas from May 2.

From Calgary, WestJet’s main base, the airline will offer twice-daily flights to Las Vegas from May 16; daily round-trips to Phoenix from May 30; three-times-weekly service to Palm Springs from May 30, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; and five round-trips each week to San Diego (every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays) from May 2.

WestJet’s Calgary schedule for the summer will also see it flying to Cancun four times a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) from May 2; three times a week to Puerto Vallarta from May 3, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and six times each day to Alberta’s capital Edmonton from May 2.

From Edmonton, WestJet’s summer schedule includes daily flights to Los Angeles from May 2.

The airline will also offer daily Toronto-Cancun service from May 2; twice-weekly round-trips between Toronto and Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (on Mondays and Saturdays) from May 2; and twice-weekly Toronto-St. Maarten flights on Tuesdays and Sundays from May 2.

WestJet’s busy Toronto schedule this summer will see it operating nine round-trips a day to Calgary on weekdays from May 2; twice-daily flights to Deer Lake in Newfoundland and Labrador from June 24 to September 6; daily service to Fort McMurray in Alberta from June 24 to September 6; and nine round-trips a day to Vancouver on weekdays, from May 2.

Additionally, WestJet will operate twice-daily round-trips between Halifax in Nova Scotia and Canada’s capital Ottawa from May 2.

As of May 1, WestJet is also continuing its winter-season service linking Toronto with Grand Cayman into the summer schedule, to offer year-round service on the route. In the summer schedule WestJet will offer weekly round-trips on Sundays between Toronto and Grand Cayman.

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