Subject to government approvals, WestJet will add Antigua, Curaçao and Liberia in Costa Rica as new seasonal destinations, all to be served from Toronto...

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).

Seen in this photograph is a Boeing 737-700 of Canadian low-cost leader WestJet. The airline operates only Boeing 737NGs and the flexibility of its new fleet plan will allow the airline to have anywhere from 102 to 135 jet aircraft in its fleet by the end of 2018

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.

Canadian carrier WestJet was the lessee for the 50th Next-Generation 737 purchased by leasing company BOC Aviation directly from the manufacturer. BOC Aviation took delivery of the aircraft, a 737-800, on December 13, 2011

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.

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

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.

WestJet added another level of commitment to its expected order for Bombardier Q400 nextGen turboprops on June 28, 2012, when the Calgary-based airline turned its previous letter of intent for 20 aircraft into a conditional order for 20, and conditionally took options on 25 more

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.