WestJet is launching 11 new nonstop domestic routes across Western Canada, connecting 15 communities across Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. The new routes are in addition to the resumption of service to Atlantic Canada and Quebec City.
On Friday (March 26, 2021), WestJet announced the launch of 11 new nonstop routes serving 15 communities across Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. The new routes are in addition to the carrier’s previously announced resumption of flights to Atlantic Canada and Quebec City. The new routes include service between Toronto (YYZ) and Comox (YQQ) and Ottawa (YOW) and Victoria (YYJ), as well as eight new routes connecting prairie provinces to British Columbia tourist destinations, for example, service between Regina (YQR) and Kelowna (YLW).
In Friday’s announcement, WestJet’s President and CEO, Ed Sims, said,
“As we look to the coming months with cautious optimism, we know our restart agenda will be pivotal to Canada's economic recovery. Stimulating air travel benefits all Canadians and supports those hardest hit; with one in every 10 Canadian jobs tied to travel and tourism, the ripple effect benefits our whole country. We are at an inflection point; one that is buoyed by the rollout of vaccines, months of learning how to take appropriate precautions, and a view to Canada's beautiful summer months that allows us to spend more time outdoors. If Canadians were to shift two-thirds of their planned international-leisure travel spend towards domestic tourism, it would help sustain 150,000 jobs and accelerate recovery by one year, all while seeing what Canada has to offer.”
Prior to the Global COVID-19 pandemic, WestJet and subsidiary regional airlines, WestJet Encore and WestJet Link, offered scheduled service to over 110 destinations across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. WestJet and WestJet Link continue to connect most Canadian domestic airports with reduced capacity, ensuring essential cargo and passenger connectivity. During these unprecedented times, the carrier has maintained their rating by Cirium as one of the top ten airlines for on-time performance in North America.
The video below includes a message from WestJet's President and CEO, Ed Sims.