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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!

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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:

 

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WestJet expands service from Vancouver

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-GWSV (msn 37158) (Walt Disney World - Frozen) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 934210.

WestJet also announced that it has again enhanced its schedule and connectivity out of its Vancouver hub to key business and leisure destinations in Canada and Mexico, adding 60 more flights weekly.

Details of WestJet’s increased service from Vancouver:

  • An increase of 24 weekly flights between Vancouver and Calgary for a total of 16 times daily, with hourly service in both directions (top of the hour from Vancouver, and bottom of the hour from Calgary).
  • Vancouver-Edmonton from 50 to 59 times weekly (nine times each business day).
  • Vancouver-Calgary, from 88 to 112 times weekly (16 times daily).
  • Vancouver-Kelowna from 40 to 49 times weekly (seven times daily).
  • Vancouver-Ottawa from seven to 14 times weekly (twice daily).
  • Vancouver-Regina from six to seven times weekly (daily).
  • Vancouver-Fort St. John from six to 12 times weekly.
  • Vancouver-Victoria from 33 to 35 times weekly (five times daily).
  • Vancouver-Cancun, from two to three times weekly.
  • Vancouver-Cabo San Lucas from one to two times weekly.

As previously announced, on March 15, WestJet will launch three-time weekly service between Vancouver and Mexico City with the route moving to daily service on April 29.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-GWSV (msn 37158) (Walt Disney World – Frozen) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 934210.

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Air North to add service to Victoria

Air North-Yukon's Airline (Canada) Boeing 737-505 WL C-GANH (msn 27153) YVR (Steve Bailey). Image: 924540.

Air North has made this announcement:

Air North, Yukon’s Airline has announced an addition to its route network to include twice weekly scheduled Boeing 737 jet service between Whitehorse, Yukon and Victoria, British Columbia. The new service will commence on May 18, 2018.

For a number of years, Air North, Yukon’s Airline has been providing Yukoners direct access to Victoria on its popular Thanksgiving weekend charter and other, one-off flights. The addition of Victoria to its regular schedule reflects the strong demand Yukoners have shown for the destination.

 

This route expansion follows the successful launch of scheduled service to Kelowna in 2013 and Yellowknife and Ottawa in 2014, demonstrating the company’s continued commitment to providing affordable outbound air travel for Yukoners and expanding inbound access for visitors, business travelers, friends and family.

The inaugural Victoria schedule has Monday and Friday afternoon departures from Whitehorse. Friday’s flight is direct to Victoria, returning to Whitehorse via Kelowna. Monday’s flight sees a brief stop in Kelowna for Victoria-bound passengers with direct return service to Whitehorse.

Copyright Photo: Air North-Yukon’s Airline (Canada) Boeing 737-505 WL C-GANH (msn 27153) YVR (Steve Bailey). Image: 924540.

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WestJet introduces WestJet Link

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 1997 (diver)

WestJet on November 24, 2017 introduced WestJet Link, a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Using Pacific Coastal Airlines’ aircraft painted in WestJet colors, WestJet Link will connect the communities of Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George to WestJet’s rapidly expanding network hub at the Calgary International Airport (YYC). These new routes will add to WestJet’s existing leadership position in Calgary, offering more flights and seats to more destinations than any other airline.

All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft will include six seats available in WestJet Plus, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

Details of WestJet’s new year-round nonstop service:

Route Frequency Days* Effective
Calgary – Lethbridge Three times Daily March 7, 2018
Calgary – Lloydminster Once Daily March 14, 2018
Calgary – Medicine Hat Three times Daily May 31, 2018
Calgary – Cranbrook Three times Daily March 7, 2018
Calgary – Prince George Once Daily March 14, 2018
* Reduced frequency on weekends and some holidays

 

Introductory one-way fares to/from Calgary are available starting from:

Departing Arriving Air transportation charges (ATC) Taxes, fees
and charges
Total one-way
price from*
Base fare
from
Other ATC
Lethbridge Calgary $60.00 $12.00 $26.83 $98.83
Calgary Lethbridge $60.00 $12.00 $42.58 $114.58
Lloydminster Calgary $87.00 $12.00 $12.43 $111.43
Calgary Lloydminster $87.00 $12.00 $43.93 $142.93
Medicine Hat Calgary $75.00 $12.00 $11.83 $98.83
Calgary Medicine Hat $75.00 $12.00 $43.33 $130.33
Cranbrook Calgary $64.00 $12.00 $22.83 $98.83
Calgary Cranbrook $64.00 $12.00 $42.78 $118.78
Prince George Calgary $69.00 $12.00 $37.78 $118.78
Calgary Prince George $69.00 $12.00 $43.03 $124.03
* Book by December 4, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT) for travel between March 7 & June 27, 2018. For Medicine Hat travel from May 31 – June 27, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new for more information.

 

For today only, connecting one-way fares to/from Toronto are available at special prices with limited quantities for the new additions to the WestJet network:

Departing Arriving Air transportation charges (ATC) Taxes, fees
and charges
Total one-way
price from*
Seats
Available
Base fare
from
Other ATC
Lethbridge Toronto $97.00 $23.00 $29.23 $149.23 500
Toronto Lethbridge $97.00 $23.00 $51.90 $171.90 500
Lloydminster Toronto $112.00 $23.00 $14.23 $149.23 200
Toronto Lloydminster $112.00 $23.00 $53.85 $188.85 200
Medicine Hat Toronto $112.00 $23.00 $14.23 $149.23 500
Toronto Medicine Hat $112.00 $23.00 $53.85 $188.85 500
Cranbrook Toronto $101.00 $23.00 $25.23 $149.23 500
Toronto Cranbrook $101.00 $23.00 $52.42 $176.42 500
* Book by November 24, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT) for travel between March 7 & June 27, 2018. For Medicine Hat travel from May 31 – June 27, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new for more information.

 

Pacific Coastal Airlines

A privately owned, British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR), Pacific Coastal is the third largest airline at YVR in annual takeoffs and landings. It flies to 15 airports and connects to more than 50 destinations in the province, from as far east as Cranbrook in the Rocky Mountains and as far north as Prince George and Masset on the legendary island of Haida Gwaii.

Top Copyright Photo: Pacific Coastal SAAB 340 aircraft will now adopt the WestJet livery. Pacific Coastal Airlines (Pacific Coastal.com) SAAB 340A C-GCPU (msn 140) (diver) YVR (Ton Jochems). Image: 912125.

WestJet adds more sun routes and frequencies for the coming winter

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-GWSZ (msn 37092) (Walt Disney World - Magic Plane) YVR (Steve Bailey). Image: 936503.

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) has announced an additional 55 weekly nonstop flights this winter from Toronto Pearson International Airport to key domestic business destinations as well as popular sun spots in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. The service is part of the airline’s seasonal schedule for the winter of 2017-18.

Details of WestJet’s increased service from Toronto:

  • TorontoMontreal, from 83 to 91 times weekly (14 times each business day).
  • TorontoOttawa, from 77 to 85 times weekly (13 times each business day).
  • TorontoVancouver, from 45 to 52 times weekly (eight times each business day).
  • TorontoCalgary, from 56 to 68 times weekly, more than any other carrier (10 times each business day).
  • TorontoWinnipeg, from 31 to 38 times weekly (six times each business day).
  • TorontoKelowna, from five to seven times weekly.
  • TorontoOrlando, from 12 to 15 times weekly.
  • TorontoFort Lauderdale/Hollywood, from 11 to 14 times weekly.
  • TorontoCancun, from 11 to 15 times weekly.
  • TorontoMontego Bay, from 13 to 14 times weekly.
  • TorontoNassau, from seven to nine times weekly.
  • TorontoLiberia, from four to five times weekly.
  • TorontoAntigua, from two to three times weekly.
  • TorontoPunta Cana, from six to seven times weekly.
  • Toronto-Puerto Plata, from five to six times weekly.

WestJet also announced the addition of dozens of new flights across Canada. The additional flights deliver optimized service for both the business and leisure traveller and give Canadians greater connectivity into and out of WestJet hubs in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, providing more flight frequency between key routes, better scheduling and greater access from smaller airports into the wider WestJet network.

Highlights of WestJet’s 2017-18 winter schedule include:

  • New nonstop weekly service from Calgary to Belize City, Belize.
  • New nonstop weekly service from Edmonton and Vancouver to Huatulco.
  • Service from both Regina and Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta will increase by one weekly flight for a total of twice weekly.
  • Additional flights from Edmonton to a number of domestic and international destinations including Cancun, Abbotsford and Victoria.
  • Additional flights from Calgary to a number of sun destinations including Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Palm Springs and Puerto Vallarta.
  • Additional flights from Calgary to a number of domestic destinations including Kitchener, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Kelowna and Brandon.
  • Additional flights from Vancouver to a number of domestic and international destinations including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Fort St. John, Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray.
  • Extension of existing summer service increases through the winter including three daily flights between Toronto and Moncton, six daily flights between Edmonton and Kelowna and 12 weekly flights between Calgaryand Houston.

This winter WestJet will operate an average of 700 daily flights to 93 destinations including 37 in Canada, 22 in the United States, 33 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America and one in Europe.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-GWSZ (msn 37092) (Walt Disney World – Magic Plane) YVR (Steve Bailey). Image: 936503.

Air Canada rouge to operate seasonal Vancouver – Dublin flights next summer

Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Boeing 767-333 ER WL C-FMWV (msn 25586) YVR (Chris Sands). Image: 930167.

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced a further, strategic expansion of its Vancouver hub with the addition of the only nonstop flights to Dublin, Ireland next summer. This new seasonal route follows the recent announcement of several enhancements at the airline’s Vancouver hub for 2016, including new transborder services to Chicago, San Jose and San Diego, double daily flights to London Heathrow, and the only flights linking Canada to Brisbane, Australia. The Vancouver-Dublin flights will be operated three times weekly by Air Canada’s leisure airline, Air Canada rouge, with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft beginning June 10, 2016.

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: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-333 ER C-FMWV (msn 25586) lands at Vancouver International Airport.

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Pacific Coastal announces new service between Victoria and Kelowna

Pacific Coastal Airlines (Vancouver) has announce the addition of a new route to its network of more than sixty-five destinations in British Columbia effective Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

Pacific Coastal logo

The new Victoria (YYJ) to Kelowna (YLW) flights will operate seven days a week using Saab 340 aircraft.

Pacific Coastal began nonstop service between Victoria and Prince George in January of this year.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Pacific Coastal Airlines’ SAAB 340B C-FPCU (msn 338) sports the new 2015 color scheme.

Pacific Coastal aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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Pacific Coastal 8.2015 Route Map

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