WestJet today announced the launch of their winter 2023/24 schedule, which includes new year-round service between St. John’s, as well as the return of direct seasonal service between St. John’s and Orlando and Tampa Bay in Florida.
On Monday (July 24, 2023), WestJet unveiled their winter 2023/24 schedule which includes new investments in their network to and from St. John’s. The expansion was celebrated at a special event at St. John’s International Airport, attended by notable partners including the Hon. Dr. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s Mayor, Danny Breen, and St. John’s Airport Authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Hogan. As part of WestJet’s winter flying program, St. John’s will see new year-round service to Calgary, as well as the return of winter seasonal service to Orlando and Tampa bay in Florida.
In today’s announcement, WestJet’s Vice President – External Affairs, Andrew Gibbons, said,
“WestJet’s ambitious growth plan is rooted in expanding options for our guests to seamlessly and affordably connect between Eastern and Western Canada and travel south to the warm weather destinations they love. We have proudly invested in Newfoundland and Labrador for over two decades and we are delighted to be here today alongside our valued partners to share this news and reaffirm our commitment to the region and our valued guests and partners.”
Also commenting on WestJet’s Expansion in St. John’s. Newfoundland and Labrador’s Premier, the Honorable Dr. Andrew Furey, said,
“The establishment of a direct route between St. John’s and Calgary is welcome news for our government. This connectivity will aid business and trade and will benefit the travel and tourism industry, as well. I look forward to a continued partnership with Westjet and thank them and the St. John's International Airport Authority for this achievement.”
St. John’s International Airport Authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Hogan, added,
“We are delighted that WestJet's non-stop route to Calgary is now flying year-round. There are deep economic and cultural ties between Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta which will be further strengthened by this announcement. This expansion of service is also a commitment from WestJet that St. John's is a market in their overall growth strategy, and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”
In 27 years of service, WestJet has cut airfares for Canadians in half and increased the flying population around Canada by over 50 percent. The airline launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, and has now grown to more than 180 aircraft and 14,000 employees, offering service to over 110 destinations in 24 countries.