WestJet to restore 17 sun routes to its network this winter

WestJet today celebrated the return of 17 sun routes to its network this winter. The returning routes which were suspended for more than two years, bring enhanced connectivity and vacation options for Canadians and communities across the airline’s network.

The airline today also announced new six-times weekly regional service between Penticton, B.C., and Vancouver beginning on February 17, 2023 on WestJet Link along with the restart of domestic connectivity between Edmonton and Nanaimo, B.C.

Highlights from WestJet’s winter schedule release:

Sun and Leisure, Transborder and Transatlantic:

  • Restart of 17 sun and leisure routes suspended since 2019
  • 45 per cent increase to sun and leisure flights from winter 2021
  • 60 per cent increase in transborder flights from winter 2021
  • 25 per cent increase in transatlantic flights from winter 2021

WestJet’s investments in sun, transborder and leisure flying are growing across the country with:

    • A 50% increase in flights from Central/Eastern Canada from winter 2021
    • A 55% increase in flights from Western Canada from winter 2021

Network-wide:

  • 65 per cent increase in flights to/from Winnipeg (YWG) from winter 2021
  • 50 per cent increase in flights to/from Edmonton (YEG) from winter 2021
  • 35 per cent increase in flights to/from Vancouver (YVR) from winter 2021
  • 30 per cent increase in flights to/from Calgary (YYC) from winter 2021
  • 10 per cent increase in flights to/from Toronto (YYZ) from winter 2021

Domestic:

  • New domestic connection between Vancouver and Penticton, B.C., on WestJet Link
  • Restart of Edmonton-Nanaimo route suspended since 2019
  • 25 per cent overall increase in flights network-wide domestically from winter 2021

Transborder Restarts:

Route Restart Date Peak Frequency Operated By
Kelowna – Phoenix November 16, 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Saskatoon – Las Vegas November 10, 2022 2x Weekly WestJet
Saskatoon – Orlando* December 16, 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Regina – Las Vegas November 10, 2022 2x Weekly WestJet
Regina – Orlando December 16, 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Vancouver – Orlando November 12, 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Winnipeg – Phoenix October 31, 2022 2x Weekly WestJet
St. John’s – Tampa Bay March 19, 2023 1x Weekly WestJet
*Operated on very limited basis in 2021

Carribean, Mexico, Central American Restarts:

Route Restart Date Peak Frequency Operated By
Calgary – Belize City November 18, 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Calgary – Nassau November 26, 2022 1x weekly WestJet
Calgary – Varadero November 5, 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Comox – Puerto Vallarta November 5, 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Ottawa – Montego Bay November 12, 2022 2x Weekly WestJet
Regina – Cancun* November 13, 2022 2x Weekly WestJet
Toronto – Cayo Coco November 5, 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Toronto – Samana December 17, 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
Winnipeg – Montego Bay December 17, 2022 1x Weekly WestJet
*Operated on very limited basis in 2021

Domestic Routes:

Route Start Date Frequency Operated by
Vancouver – Penticton* February 17, 2023 6x Weekly WestJet Link
Edmonton – Nanaimo October 30, 2022 3x Weekly WestJet Encore
*new route

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