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WestJet expands its schedule from Vancouver to Mexico

 WestJet today celebrated an expansion to its winter schedule serving British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, further enhancing its sun and leisure connectivity from Vancouver International Airport to some of Mexico’s most popular destinations. Additionally, as part of its connectivity to Mexico, WestJet has added weekly non-stop service between Vancouver and Ixtapa.

Network details 

RouteFrequencyStart Date
Vancouver – Cancun9x weeklyYear round
Vancouver – Los Cabos11x weeklyYear round
Vancouver – Ixtapa1x weeklyFriday, December 22
Vancouver – Puerto Vallarta 9x weeklyYear round 
Vancouver – Mazatlán2x weekly Friday, November 3
Vancouver – Huatulco4x weeklySunday, October 29

With a 14 per cent increase to its capacity serving Mexico from B.C.’s capital this winter, the airline will provide the most seats connecting Vancouver to Mexicothan any other airline.Further enhancing its sun and leisure connectivity from the Lower Mainland region, WestJet’s network expansion also brings increased sun flying options from Abbotsford this winter.

RouteFrequencyStart date
Abbotsford – Puerto Vallarta2x weeklyTuesday, December 5
Abbotsford – Los Cabos1x weeklyMonday, December 4

WestJet Group capacity

In addition to WestJet’s new sun connections serving the Lower Mainland, Sunwing Airlines, as a new but integral part of the WestJet Group, is further strengthening the regions leisure travel opportunities with an extensive winter schedule serving Vancouver International Airport.

Porter inaugurates its first Western Canada route between Ottawa and Vancouver

Porter Airlines is inaugurating service between Ottawa International Airport (YOW) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on July 26.

Porter inaugurates its first Western Canada route between Ottawa and Vancouver (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.)

The route marks Porter’s first Western Canada destination from Ottawa.The new route begins with one daily roundtrip flight operated with Porter’s state-of-the-art 132-seat Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. It offers a variety of connections to Eastern Canada via Ottawa.

Air Canada to launch new Vancouver to Singapore service

Air Canada today announced the strategic expansion of its international network with the addition of nonstop flights between its trans-Pacific hub at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Singapore’s Changi International Airport (SIN). The new route will operate four times weekly beginning April 3, 2024*, onboard Air Canada’s flagship Dreamliner fleet. Seats are available for purchase now at aircanada.com, via the Air Canada App, Air Canada’s Contact Centres, and travel agents.

(CNW Group/Air Canada)

New Singapore route details:

FlightFromToDays of 
Mon, Wed, 
Fri, Sat
00:1507:10 + 1 
Apr. 3, 
Tue, Thur, 
Sat, Sun
09:1008:45Apr. 4, 

Flights will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft featuring three cabins of service for customers to choose from, including Signature Class with lie-flat seats, Premium Economy and Economy Class.

British Airways resumes the London Heathrow – Vancouver route

British Airways on September 7, 2021 resumed operations on the London (Heathrow) – Vancouver route.

Cascadia Air begins scheduled direct flights to Penticton from Vancouver International South Terminal Airport

Cascadia Airways Inc. (Cascadia Air) has announced direct nonstop scheduled flights to and from Penticton Airport (YYF) and Vancouver International Airport South Terminal (YVR).

Flights to Vancouver were launched on August 30 and was greeted with the traditional water cannon salute:

Cascadia Air uses smaller twin-engine aircraft with seating currently spaced to a maximum of 6 passengers to provide additional social distancing between passengers while increasing the comfort of their travel experience.

Cascadia Air offers direct flights to Penticton throughout the week and weekends on a limited scheduled basis until it determines consumer interest to warrant adding more schedules and larger aircraft tailored to the consumer demand from this region.

About Cascadia Airways Inc.

Cascadia Airways Inc. (Cascadia Air) is a small commuter airline new to the Province of British Columbia. Cascadia Air obtained its operating certificate to conduct scheduled services in February of 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic. Cascadia Air pursued economic development partnerships and provided flights for essential services throughout Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii instead of reducing its newly formed operations or retracting from its business.

Jetlines to be based in Vancouver

Jetlines made this announcement on social media:

Did you know that many of today’s most successful ULCCs fly out of primary airports while continuing to offer ultra low fares to their passengers? More travel and exploration are possible because of this!

Which ULCC’s you ask? Well, we’re talking about Spirit, easyJet, RyanAir, Vueling, Viva Aerobus, and AirAsia – to name a few.

We hear you Canada – convenience to get to and from the airport is important! But so is price. And we achieve both low-cost travel wishes by making YVR (Vancouver) home (above).

We can’t wait to welcome you onboard in the future.

The airline also issued this statement:

Jetline is pleased to announce that it has chosen Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to be its home airport and primary base of operations when it begins flight operations targeted for later this year. Jetlines has filed and received confirmation from YVR that all airport slots needed to operate their initial network using their first two Airbus A320 aircraft will be available.

Jetlines selected YVR as their future base for operations due to it being the second busiest airport in Canada, serving more than 25.9 million passengers in 2018. It is also the busiest airport in British Columbia and the airport with the largest catchment area. The airport has more than 2.5 million people living less than 30 minutes drive from it. As well as it being the closest airport to Vancouver’s city center, the airport is also extremely well connected to the city by transit with a rapid transit rail.

In addition to the desirable location and facilities, Jetlines was attracted to YVR due to their competitive rates and charges. The airport’s ConnectYVR program provides airlines a standard rate structure for landing and terminal fees. This program rewards airlines for efficiency and growing their services at YVR providing further incentive for Jetlines to build their base of operations out of Vancouver.

CEO Javier Suarez stated “I am extremely excited to be able to use Vancouver International Airport as our primary base of operations once we launch. The Greater Vancouver area population, cost to operate from the airport, and transit accessibility, linked with the enormous tourist attraction that Vancouver has, provides Jetlines with a massive business opportunity. Having launched more than 300 routes in my career with most of them out of primary airports, I have no doubt that the Vancouver Airport will offer Jetlines the opportunity to launch and profitably operate a large number of routes.”

“We welcome the news that Jetlines is planning to use YVR as their base of operations once they launch. It is great to hear that this Canadian-operated airline is making positive progress to begin offering service. We are excited that Jetlines intends to offer flights from YVR across Canada and to several sun destinations as this will provide added choice for our passengers in the future,” said Anne Murray, Vice President, Airline Business Development and Public Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority.

The Company’s ability to service this airport is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

The prospective airline also announced it intends to provide ultra-low fare service from both the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG).

Previously announced routes:


Air Canada to increase Vancouver-Delhi flights to daily, expands Dreamliner service from Vancouver for Summer 2019

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPQ (msn 35257) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 937929.

Air Canada announced today enhancements to four international routes from Vancouver, including increasing service to Delhi with daily flights on a year-round basis starting June 2, 2019.

In addition, Air Canada is increasing its nonstop Melbourne service to four times weekly year-round, and summer seasonal service to Zurich will increase to five flights a week. YVR-Osaka (Kansai) flights will be five times weekly from June to October next summer.

All flights will be operated with Air Canada’s flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.



All routes are timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada’s Vancouver hub to and from the airline’s extensive network across North America. All Australia flights are timed to connect to and from Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and to Tasmania with codeshare partner Virgin Australia. Additionally, Air Canada’s VancouverZurich flights will connect to and from destinations in Europe and Africa.

Schedule details:





Depart YVR

Arrive Destination

Depart Destination

Arrive YVR

YVR-Delhi (DEL)


Year-round as of June 2, 2019

AC044 01:25

DEL @ 04:00
(+1 day)

AC045 @ 06:00


YVR-Melbourne (MEL)

4 times weekly

Year-round as of June 3, 2019

AC037 @ 22:50 Mon/Wed/Fri/

MEL @ 08:05

(+2 days)

AC038 @ 09:40 Tue/Wed/Fri/


YVR-Zurich (ZRH)

5 times weekly

Jun. 6 – Oct. 13 2019

AC802 @ 13:00 Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun

ZRH @ 07:55
(+1 day)

AC803 @ 10:05 Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun


YVR-Osaka (KIX)

Up to
5 times weekly

Jun. 1 – Oct. 25 2019

AC039 @ 13:30 Mon/Tues/Wed/Thu/Sat

KIX @ 15:45 (+1 day)

AC040 @17:15 Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sun



Vancouver expansion in 2018:

To date this year, Air Canada launched new services from its Vancouver hub to: Melbourne (extended to year-round), Paris(summer seasonal), Zurich (summer seasonal), Sacramento (year-round) and will launch new services to Lihue, Hawaii(seasonal) beginning Dec. 15, 2018.  This summer, Air Canada operated an average of 185 daily flights representing up to 23,500 available seats departing YVR every day.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Canada): Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPQ (msn 35257) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 937929.

Air Canada aircraft slide show:


Alaska to terminate the Vancouver – Los Angeles route

Revised 2015 livery

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) will drop the Vancouver – Los Angeles route in June. The daily route will be dropped on June 4, 2016 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com.  Boeing 737-990 N303AS (msn 30017) with the revised titles approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

AG Aviation Gifts and Keepsakes

Air Canada to upgrade the Newark – Vancouver route to Boeing 787-8s

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPQ (msn 35257) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 923112.

Air Canada (Montreal) will up gauge the daily Newark – Vancouver route from Airbus A319s to Boeing 787-8s for next summer starting on June 17, 2016 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 C-GHPQ (msn 35257) arrives in Zurich.

Air Canada aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

AG Prints-Lustre-Glossy-Matte-Metallic

Air Canada increases the number of weekly flights on the Brisbane route

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPY (msn 35262) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 927912.

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced it plans to increase its new nonstop flights from Vancouver to Brisbane, Australia to daily from three times weekly beginning June 17, 2016.

The route is operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft featuring 20 International Brouteusiness Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 210 Economy Class seats.

As a result of its ongoing expansion, Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 52 in the United States and 86 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.

This year to date, Air Canada has launched new international services from Montreal-Venice, Montreal-Mexico City, Toronto-Amsterdam, Toronto-Dubai, Toronto-Delhi and Vancouver-Osaka.

Next summer, Air Canada will be launching new international services from Montreal-Casablanca, Montreal-Lyon, Toronto-Prague, Toronto-Budapest, Toronto-Glasgow, Toronto-London Gatwick, Toronto-Warsaw, Toronto-Seoul, Vancouver-Brisbane and Vancouver-Dublin.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com.  Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPY (msn 35262) taxies at Zurich.

Air Canada aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

AG Prints-6 Sizes and 4 Finishes