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WestJet to drop service to Mexico City

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-7CT WL C-FWSK (msn 36420) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 942060.

WestJet will end service to Mexico City on October 27, 2018. The airline operates to MEX from both Calgary and Vancouver.

The route is served with Boeing 737-700 aircraft according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo (all other by WestJet): WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-7CT WL C-FWSK (msn 36420) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 942060.

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WestJet to maintain Edmonton – Las Vegas nonstop flights

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-76N WL C-GWSH (msn 29886) LAS (Jay Selman). Image: 403427.

WestJet today announced that it will maintain nonstop service between Edmonton and Las Vegas with four weekly flights starting October 11, 2018. Flights will operate Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Edmonton – Las Vegas Four weekly 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. October 11, 2018*
Las Vegas – Edmonton Four weekly 11:20 a.m. 3:20 p.m. October 11, 2018*
*January 6, 2019 through March 31, 2019, the Sunday flights will operate a 6:15 p.m. departure from Edmonton and an 8:16 p.m. Las Vegas arrival and a 12 p.m. Las Vegas departure and a 4:09 p.m. Edmonton arrival.

The WestJet Group of Companies has the most international flights to Las Vegas, where both WestJet and Swoop will fly a combined 71 weekly flights from Edmonton, Vancouver, Abbotsford, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Toronto this winter.

WestJet flies to 27 destinations from Edmonton – the most of any airline, with 56 average daily flights, linking the city with global markets such as London, England and Cancun, Mexico.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-76N WL C-GWSH (msn 29886) LAS (Jay Selman). Image: 403427.

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WestJet adds Calgary – Montego Bay flights and more flights from YYC

Delivered on November 9, 2017

WestJet, the airline offering more flights to more destinations from Calgary than any other, will offer guests a new route to escape the cold this winter when the airline starts twice-weekly, nonstop service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The service begins on November 3, 2018.

The new route is part of WestJet’s seasonal schedule for winter 2018/2019, which includes more flights from Calgary to domestic, transborder, international and sun destinations including Maui, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Orlando, Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta and Belize, among others.

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Calgary – Montego Bay Twice weekly 9:30 a.m. 4:44 p.m. Nov. 3, 2018*
Montego Bay – Calgary Twice weekly 1:20 p.m. 7:20 p.m. Nov. 3, 2018*
*Once weekly effective November 3, 2018 moving to twice weekly, January 6, 2019.

 

WestJet will also increase service on the following routes from Calgary:

  • Calgary-Nanaimo, from two times daily to three times daily or 21 weekly flights.
  • Calgary-Kamloops, from two times daily to three times daily or 21 weekly flights.
  • Calgary-Kelowna, from seven times daily to nine times daily each business day, or 59 weekly flights – more than any other carrier.
  • Calgary-Fort St. John will double service from once daily to twice daily.
  • Calgary-Grand Prairie, from four times daily to five times daily each business day.
  • Calgary-Yellowknife will double service from once daily to twice daily.
  • Calgary-Regina, from six daily flights to seven daily flights or 49 weekly.
  • Calgary-Saskatoon, from six daily flights to eight daily flights each business day.
  • Calgary-Maui, from four weekly flights to seven weekly flights.
  • Calgary-Phoenix, from 20 to 21 times weekly or three times daily.
  • Calgary-Las Vegas, from 19 to 20 times weekly.
  • Calgary-Orlando, from five to seven times weekly.
  • Calgary-Cancun, from 16 to 20 times weekly.
  • Calgary-Cabo San Lucas, from eight weekly flights to 10 weekly flights.
  • Calgary-Huatulco, from two weekly flights to three weekly flights.
  • Calgary-Mazatlan, from three weekly to four weekly.
  • Calgary-Puerto Vallarta, from 14 to 19 times weekly.
  • Calgary-Ixtapa/Zihuantanejo, from four weekly to five times weekly.
  • Calgary-Belize, from one to two times weekly.
  • Calgary-Nashville seasonal route ending will now be November 26, 2018 and will resume on March 1, 2019.
  • Extension of existing summer service on WestJet Link through the winter between Calgaryand Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Lloydminster and Prince George.

Other highlights of WestJet’s 2018/2019 winter schedule include:

  • New nonstop weekly service between Saskatoon and Orlando.
  • An additional daily flight from Vancouver to Nanaimo.
  • An increase of one daily flight from Edmonton to Kelowna for a total of seven flights a day each business day.
  • Edmonton-Los Angeles, from six weekly flights to seven weekly flights.
  • Edmonton-Orlando from once weekly to twice weekly.
  • Edmonton-Cabo San Lucas from once weekly to twice weekly.
  • Toronto-Las Vegas, from 14 weekly flights to 15 weekly.
  • Toronto-Fort Lauderdale from 12 weekly flights to 16 weekly.
  • Toronto-Orlando, from 15 weekly to 18 times weekly.
  • Toronto-Tampa, from seven weekly to eight times weekly.
  • Toronto-Kingston, Jamaica, from two to three times weekly.
  • Toronto-Grand Cayman, from two weekly flight to three times weekly.
  • Toronto-Nassau, from nine weekly flights to 12 weekly flights.
  • Toronto-Turks and Caicos, from two weekly flights to four times weekly.
  • Toronto-San Juan, from one weekly flight to two times weekly.
  • Toronto-St. Maarten will operate four times weekly.
  • Toronto-London (ON), from 14 weekly flights to 21 weekly flights or three times daily.

This winter, WestJet will operate an average of 701 daily flights to 96 destinations including 39 in Canada, 22 in the United States, 34 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and one in Europe.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-GRAX (msn 60513) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 942327.

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WestJet announces Calgary service to Terrace, B.C.

WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FWEZ (msn 4483) YVR (Brandon Farris). Image: 931590.

WestJet has announced new twice-weekly, nonstop service between Calgary and Terrace, B.C., effective September 4, 2018. This new route brings the number of nonstop destinations WestJet serves from Calgary to 63, more than any other airline.

Operated by WestJet Encore using Bombardier Q400 aircraft, the additional service will benefit the entire northwest region of the province which continues to be economically strong due to investment in forestry, mining, smelting, hydroelectricity, liquefied natural gas and infrastructure projects in the KitimatTerrace industrial corridor.

WestJet Encore also operates twice-daily service to Vancouver. Both routes provide the opportunity to conveniently connect to and from Honolulu, Maui, Kauai and Kona, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo and Mazatlan in addition to connecting to the remainder of WestJet’s extensive domestic, transborder and international network.

Details of WestJet Encore’s new twice-weekly, non-stop service between Calgary and Terrace, are:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Calgary – Terrace

Twice weekly

9:30 p.m.

10:50 p.m.

September 4, 2018

Terrace – Calgary

Twice weekly

6:30 a.m.

9:35 a.m.

September 5, 2018

Top Copyright Photo (all others by WestJet): WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FWEZ (msn 4483) YVR (Brandon Farris). Image: 931590.

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WestJet reports second quarter net loss of $20.8 million

Delivered on June 21, 2018

WestJet today announced its second quarter results for 2018, with a net loss of $20.8 million, or $0.18 per fully diluted share. This result compares with net earnings of $48.6 million, or $0.41 per fully diluted share reported in the second quarter of 2017. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 7.7 per cent, down from 9.8 per cent in the second quarter of 2017. Year-to-date, WestJet recorded net earnings of $16.4 million, or $0.14 per fully diluted share.

“The impact of the threat of industrial action, in combination with the dramatic increase in fuel price and competitive capacity provided particularly significant challenges in the second quarter.” Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “While we are disappointed with these results, all WestJetters can take great satisfaction from the successful delivery of key strategic initiatives like Swoop and WestJet Link.”

Operating highlights (stated in Canadian dollars)

Q2 2018 Q2 2017 Change
Net earnings (loss) (millions) ($20.8) $48.6 (142.7%)
Diluted earnings (loss) per share ($0.18) $0.41 (143.9%)
Total revenue (millions) $1,087.6 $1,058.3 2.8%
Operating margin (2.5%) 7.4% (9.9 pts.)
ASMs (available seat miles) (billions) 7.922 7.564 4.7%
RPMs (revenue passenger miles) (billions) 6.646 6.260 6.2%
Load factor 83.9% 82.8% 1.1 pts.
Segment guests 6,276,226 5,908,876 6.2%
Yield (revenue per revenue passenger mile) (cents) 16.36 16.91 (3.2%)
RASM (revenue per available seat mile) (cents) 13.73 13.99 (1.9%)
CASM (cost per available seat mile) (cents) 14.08 12.95 8.7%
Fuel costs per litre (cents) 81 62 30.6%
CASM, excluding fuel and employee profit share (cents)* 10.30 9.88 4.3%
 *Refer to reconciliations in the accompanying tables for further information regarding calculations.

Dividend declaration
On July 30, 2018, WestJet’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.14 per common voting share and variable voting share for the third quarter of 2018, to be paid on September 28, 2018, to shareholders of record on September 12, 2018. All dividends paid by WestJet are, pursuant to subsection 89(14) of the Income Tax Act, designated as eligible dividends, unless indicated otherwise. An eligible dividend paid to a Canadian resident is entitled to the enhanced dividend tax credit.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by WestJet): WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FNWD (msn 60517) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 942710.

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WestJet’s new livery, first MAX 8 is painted

WestJet's 2018 livery, first MAX 8 is painted

Photo of the Day: The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for WestJet has been painted by Boeing in the new 2018 livery.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FNWD (msn 60517) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 942407.

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WestJet launches first flight to the City of Light

MAX 8, delivered on October 2, 2017

WestJet today, June 1, 2018, connected Atlantic Canada to the City of Light, with its inaugural flight between Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). The flight landed in France at 10:00 a.m. local time.

WestJet’s daily nonstop flights between Halifax and Paris are operated on the Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft, the airline’s newest, most efficient and guest-friendly aircraft.

Flights out of Halifax have been timed to connect conveniently with WestJet flights across Canada and with codeshare partner, Air France-KLM in Paris. Flights also provide for WestJet Rewards earning and redemption.

The addition of Paris to the WestJet network brings the airline’s overall reach to 106 cities in 22 countries across Canada, the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. WestJet continues to grow it presence at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport where it is the airline offering the most non-stop destinations this summer.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop service:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Halifax – Paris

Daily

10:55 p.m.

10 a.m. +1

May 31, 2018

Paris – Halifax

Daily

11:20 a.m.

1:35 p.m.

June 1, 2018

About Halifax Stanfield
Halifax Stanfield is Atlantic Canada’s principal full-service airport providing passengers and cargo clients with access to markets across Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It’s the only airport in Atlantic Canada to offer Canada Customs services on a 24-hour, seven day a week basis, and U.S. preclearance. The Airport, a major economic generator valued at over $2.8 billion annually to the provincial economy, serves over 4 million passengers and processes 34,000 metric tonnes of cargo each year. A recognized innovator in the global airport industry, Halifax Stanfield is the first airport in North America to offer a self-service baggage drop system for all passengers and is consistently ranked among the best airports in the world.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FNAX (msn 60511) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 940224.

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