CALGARY, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – WestJet today announced it will launch new non-stop service from Toronto to Nashville and Los Angeles as part of its 2016 summer schedule.
“We are excited about our schedule and connectivity out of Toronto”, said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “By this summer we will operate more than 120 flights per day from Toronto including new services to Nashville, Los Angeles and Boston in addition to our previously announced daily service to London, England. Building on our already strong connectivity into Toronto from across Canada is a key element of our strategy for profitable growth.”
WestJet also announced enhanced schedules for business travellers with additional service from Toronto to Ottawa, Montreal and Fredericton as well as between Ottawa and Halifax. Starting June 15, 2016, flights operating between Toronto and Ottawa as well as Toronto and Montreal will operate 12 times each daily. Toronto and Fredericton will have a total of three daily flights as of March 5, 2016. Three daily flights between Toronto and Boston will begin March 15. With additional service between Ottawa and Halifax there will be a total of three daily flights between the cities as of March 5, 2016. These new flights offer greater flexibility for business travellers who want same-day return trips and more options during peak morning and evening travel periods. Flights are available for purchase starting January 31, 2016.
Said Cummings, “We look forward to offering guests more options in their travel schedules along with our recently enhanced Plus product, WestJet Connect and continued WestJet Rewards program improvements. WestJet is an attractive option for business travellers across Canada.”
In addition to enhanced business travel schedules, new three weekly non-stop flights are being added between Vancouver and San Diego. Vancouver will also see additional service to Los Angeles, Honolulu and Maui while Toronto will see additional service to Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach. Seasonal routes from Halifax and St. John’s to Orlando will now operate year-round.
WestJet also announced a new non-stop route from Calgary to Thunder Bay. The addition of the Calgary to Thunder Bay service during the peak summer period provides a convenient option for those travelling to visit the lakes, landscapes and outdoor adventures the area offers.
By summer 2016, WestJet and WestJet Encore will operate approximately 4,590 flights per week to 101 destinations: 38 in Canada, 27 in the United States, 33 in the Caribbean and Mexico, and three in Europe.
WestJet will be adding a daily flight from Fredericton to Toronto starting in March, less than a year after the carrier started serving the New Brunswick capital.
The new schedule was announced on Monday and will take effect March 5, with flights to Toronto offered three times daily.
The schedule will see a flight depart in the early morning and arrive back in Fredericton late in the evening.
The airport authority said schedule give greater flexibility for business travellers who want same-day return trips and more choices for people looking to connect for flights to the United States or to sun destinations.
“Fredericton is a key market for WestJet and we are confident that the enhanced schedule will be welcomes by businesses and leisure travellers alike,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet’s executive vice-president of commercial operations, in a news release by the Fredericton International Airport Authority.
WestJet began its service in Fredericton in April 2015 with two flights daily to Toronto.
Johanne Gallant, the airport authority’s president and chief executive officer, said the added service underscores the need to expand the airport’s terminal building, which Gallant says is operating at 75 per cent over its designed capacity.
Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside welcomed the expansion of WestJet service in a statement released on Monday afternoon.
“I want to thank WestJet for their vote of confidence in our region, as well as local residents for the use of the Fredericton International Airport,” said Woodside.
“This increased traffic continues to make the case for the airport’s terminal expansion.”