Category: WestJet Airlines

WestJet extends Boeing Max route suspensions until end of August

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WestJet Airlines has suspended more flights as a result of the continued grounding of the Boeing Max 8 aircraft, and one analyst said the Calgary-based airline may be forced to make further alterations to its schedule well into the fall.

AMANDA STEPHENSON, CALGARY HERALD Updated: July 18, 2019

A WestJet Boeing 737 MAX 8 at Calgary International Airport. The Boeing aircraft was grounded in April and WestJet now says the planes will stay on the ground longer than first expected. BRYAN PASSIFIUME / POSTMEDIA

WestJet Airlines has suspended more flights as a result of the continued grounding of the Boeing Max 8 aircraft, and one analyst said the Calgary-based airline may be forced to make further alterations to its schedule well into the fall.

The Calgary-based airline announced in late June that it is now scheduling without the Max 8 — grounded globally in March following two fatal crashes — until Aug. 29, as opposed to the previously stated July 3. The announcement extends the existing flight suspensions for routes such as Halifax-Paris, Vancouver-Regina and the daytime Toronto-Kelowna route. Other routes that had been suspended through July 3, such as Edmonton-Ottawa and Edmonton-Montreal, will now operate but only on an overnight basis.

In a statement posted on the airline’s website, WestJet said proactively removing the Max aircraft from the August schedule will reduce last-minute flight cancellations and unexpected disruptions for travellers.

“We are in the process of contacting any guests whose travel plans may be impacted to offer them choice and flexibility in advance of their travel date,” WestJet said in its statement.

A WestJet Boeing 737 Max 8 jet from Las Vegas lands in Calgary on Tuesday March 12, 2019. GAVIN YOUNG /POSTMEDIA

WestJet, which owns 13 Boeing Max planes, accounting for seven per cent of its fleet, is just one of many airlines around the world struggling to re-accommodate guests in light of the ongoing grounding of the plane. Air Canada has removed Max 8 aircraft from its schedule until at least Sept. 2, while in the U.S., Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines have removed the plane from their schedules until early November.

WestJet CEO Ed Sims told reporters in May following the company’s annual general meeting that the work currently being done by Boeing and regulators around the world provides a “clear line of sight” to the eventual lifting of the grounding order. At the time, he predicted WestJet would be flying the Max 8 again sometime in the third quarter.

However, in June, U.S. officials identified another flaw with the plane’s software that they said must be addressed by Boeing before the Max 8 can fly again. Robert Kokonis, president and CEO of independent consultancy AirTrav Inc., said he believes this means the grounding will be longer than originally anticipated and Canadian airlines may have to make further alterations to their schedules.

“We have three major U.S. carriers now who are all extending the delay through until November. So I think in the not-so-distant future, Air Canada and WestJet and Sunwing will have to further delay the scheduled reintroduction of the aircraft,” Kokonis said.

According to WestJet, the Max 8 accounted for more than 1,200 monthly departures in the airline’s August schedule. The airline said it has been able to cover 675 of those flights using other aircraft.

Supreme Court won’t hear WestJet appeal in harassment case

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By The Canadian Press – 18 July 2019

The tail of a WestJet plane is seen dwarfing the Calgary skyline THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

WestJet Airlines has lost a legal bid to put an end to a proposed class-action harassment lawsuit.

The Supreme Court of Canada refused today to hear WestJet’s arguments to quash the suit launched by a former flight attendant.

Mandalena Lewis alleges she was sexually assaulted by a pilot while on a stopover in Hawaii in 2010 and that the airline breached its anti-harassment promise in her contract.

Her lawsuit proposes to represent all current and former female WestJet flight attendants whose employment contracts included the airline’s pledge.

The airline failed in the B.C. courts to scuttle the action, prompting it to argue the Supreme Court could provide clarity on whether a court or the Canadian Human Rights Commission is the proper forum for systemic sexual harassment allegations.

Following its usual practice, the high court gave no reasons for refusing to hear the case.

WestJet wins top honours for marketing at 2019 Airline Strategy Awards

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Annual awards celebrate individuals and airlines that exhibit dynamic leadership and clear vision across multiple categories

CALGARY, July 15, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet has been awarded top honours for marketing at the 2019 Airline Strategy Awards in London, England.

“We’re proud to celebrate the WestJet brand and what it stands for on this global stage as we continue to strive for excellence in this space,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “This recognition for WestJet’s leadership and dedication to marketing is shared amongst 14,000 WestJetters who work hard to showcase our brand and build awareness for our airline on the biggest stage.”

The 2019 Airline Strategy Awards marketing award was presented to the management team that has demonstrated excellence in any aspect of airline marketing over the past year. This includes excellence and innovation in areas including, but not restricted to, marketing strategy, new product development, branding, digital marketing, advertising and promotion, customer relationship management, ancillary revenue generation, sales, and distribution.

The recognition focused on evidence of a focused and differentiated marketing strategy which has helped to strengthen or reshape WestJet’s overall market positioning with strong commercial and financial results.

“The operating environment is proving relatively tough for airlines compared with recent years as the industry runs into light turbulence amid wider pressures around trade issues and a softening in business confidence,” said Max Kingsley-Jones, Executive Director Content at FlightGlobal. “But airlines led by the smartest and most innovative management teams still set the benchmark to which others aspire. The Airline Strategy Awards have recognised the best in boardroom leadership for 18 years, and 2019’s winners all excel in this regard.”

The winners for the six main award categories were selected by an independent panel of industry experts. For more information and full citations on each category visit www.strategyawards.com.

Cora breakfasts take flight aboard WestJet

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SAINTE-THÉRÈSE, QC, July 11, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Cora Breakfast and Lunch is proud to announce that the brand is now a valued partner of Canadian airline WestJet. The onboard breakfast meal, served in Premium cabin on morning flights, is now provided by Cora. It is a satisfying mark of confidence in the Canadian breakfast pioneer.

Burrito crêpe available at Cora Breakfast

WestJet has been offering Cora breakfasts on the majority of its flights lasting 2½ hours or more since June 26. The breakfast leader’s morning creations are served on flights departing after 10:30 p.m. and before 9:30 a.m. The in-flight dishes are inspired by classic Cora favourites: Smoked turkey eggs Ben et Dictine, a Vegetable skillet and a Spinach and aged cheddar omelette with turkey sausage. The three plates are available in rotation and a change to the menu is planned for next fall to maintain customers’ appetite for the delicious breakfast fare.       

Passengers in WestJet’s Premium cabin are able to savour Cora breakfasts, making it a delicious opportunity for Cora to offer a taste of its menu to a different segment of the population. Moreover, this new mandate will allow the breakfast leader to pursue its expansion plan and bring added value to its offering.   

For WestJet, this tasteful initiative is part of its plan to optimize its Premium service. The breakfast dishes, served on a tray with stainless-steel utensils, will be accompanied by a serving of the fruit that is the source of Cora’s fame and which continues to set it apart to this day.

Independent proxy advisor firms recommend WestJet shareholders vote FOR the proposed acquisition of WestJet by Onex

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CALGARY, July 10, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet (TSX: WJA) (“WestJet” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce that independent proxy advisory firms, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS“) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (“Glass Lewis“), have both recommended shareholders vote FOR the proposed acquisition of WestJet by Onex Corporation (“Onex“) at the upcoming special meeting (the “Meeting“) of shareholders and optionholders (collectively, “Securityholders“) of WestJet being held on July 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) at the WestJet Campus, Fred Ring building, 22 Aerial Place N.E., Calgary, Alberta.

At the Meeting, Securityholders will be asked to vote on a special resolution (the “Arrangement Resolution“) approving an arrangement (the “Arrangement“) under Section 193 of the Business Corporations Act (Alberta) involving WestJet, Kestrel Bidco Inc. (the “Purchaser“), an affiliate of Onex, and the Securityholders, pursuant to which the Purchaser will, subject to the terms and conditions sets out in the arrangement agreement between WestJet and the Purchaser dated May 12, 2019 (the “Arrangement Agreement“), acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of WestJet at a price of $31.00 per share in cash. 

ISS and Glass Lewis are two leading independent, third-party, proxy advisory firms which, among other services, provide proxy voting recommendations to pension funds, investment managers, mutual funds and other institutional shareholders.

In reaching its conclusion, ISS noted: “The rationale behind the proposed transaction appears reasonable as current shareholders will get to exit their investment at a significant premium and at multi-year highs for WestJet’s share price. The cash consideration provides certainty of value, and it appears unlikely that a better offer will be made for the company.

Glass Lewis noted in its report: “[W]e believe that the merger consideration represents a compelling exit valuation and an attractive market premium for the Company’s shareholders. In the absence of a superior competing offer, we believe that the Arrangement Agreement warrants shareholder support at this time.”

Some Key Reasons for the Arrangement

The independent special committee (the “Special Committee“) of the board of directors of WestJet (the “Board“) formed in connection with the Arrangement and the Board considered a number of factors, including the some of the principal factors set forth below, in assessing the Arrangement. See the Circular (defined below) for the discussion of all the principal factors and other considerations relating to the Board’s recommendation.

  • Arrangement More Favourable than Status Quo. The view of the Special Committee and the Board that the value offered to shareholders under the Arrangement is more favourable to shareholders than the potential value that could result from remaining a publicly traded Company and continuing to pursue the Company’s strategic business plan.
  • Better Acquisition Terms Highly Unlikely. Having regard to the regulatory constraints facing any potential acquiror, the magnitude of the acquisition of the Company and the nature of the Company’s business, it is highly unlikely that any other party or parties would be capable of paying, and be prepared to pay, a higher price to acquire the Company.
  • Significant Premium to Market Price. The consideration to be paid to the shareholders of $31.00 cash per share represents a premium of 67 per cent over the closing price of the shares on May 10, 2019 (the last trading day prior to the public announcement of the Arrangement), and a premium of 63 per cent over the 20 day volume-weighted average trading price for the shares ended on such date.
  • Certainty of Value and Liquidity. The consideration to be paid to shareholders of $31.00 cash per share (other than the Rollover Securityholders, as such term is defined under the Arrangement) pursuant to the Arrangement is all cash, which provides shareholders with certainty of value and immediate liquidity.
  • Continued Payment of Regular Quarterly Dividends. Under the terms of the Arrangement, the Company is permitted to pay its regular quarterly cash dividend, not in excess of $0.14 per share, consistent with the current practice of the Company, pending completion of the Arrangement.

A copy of the management information circular of the Company dated June 19, 2019 (the “Circular“) and related Meeting materials have been mailed to Securityholder and can also be obtained via SEDAR at www.sedar.com, on WestJet’s website at www.westjet.com or by contacting Laurel Hill Advisory Group toll-free at 1-877-452-7184 or at 416-304-0211 or by email at assistance@laurelhill.com.

The Board of Directors unanimously recommends that Securityholders vote FOR the Arrangement Resolution and encourages all Securityholders to vote well in advance of the proxy cut-off on July 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time).

Halifax Canada’s Newest Stopover Destination

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Program Designed For Travellers With As Little As Seven Hours To Spare

Posted on July 5, 2019

Halifax has joined popular destinations such as Iceland, Finland and Lisbon, Portugal as Canada’s newest stopover destination, connecting several North American and European cities to Halifax.

The Stopover Halifax program opens the door for arriving and connecting passengers at Halifax Stanfield to enjoy unique experiences. Designed for travellers with as little as seven hours up to seven days, the program promotes experiences such as strolling along Halifax’s bustling boardwalk, hiking scenic trails at the ocean’s edge, dining on fresh lobster, exploring iconic Peggy’s Cove and more.

“We know that Halifax’s location on Canada’s East Coast provides a great opportunity for travellers to experience the best of Halifax on their journey between Europe and North America,” said Erica Pellerin, vice-president, marketing and visitor experience, Discover Halifax. “This program will help make our region more accessible, affordable and desirable to visitors who we know are interested in travelling here.”

Discover Halifax continues to develop and focus on experiences and experiential tourism – a growing global trend – through initiatives such as the newly launched Handpicked Halifax program and custom “stress-free” experience packages for layover travellers. Discover Halifax and Halifax International Airport Authority have been working closely over the last six months to create this new Stopover Halifax program, with the help of Canadian airline partner WestJet.

“As WestJet’s global network continues to grow, we’re looking forward to our guests experiencing everything Halifax has to offer through the Stopover Halifax Program,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet vice-president, Network Planning and Alliances. “As the carrier with the most transatlantic flights from YHZ and convenient options from destinations across Canada and US, WestJet is proud to support tourism opportunities across Nova Scotia and we’re thrilled to provide our guests greater access into and out of Halifax Stanfield.”

There are two ways WestJet guests can book a Stopover to Halifax: booking directly through their travel agent or booking through WestJet.

“We’re thrilled to work with Discover Halifax, WestJet and our program partners to enhance the experiences of arriving and connecting passengers at Halifax Stanfield with a stopover,” said Tiffany Chase, director, Public Affairs & Marketing, Halifax International Airport Authority. “Stopover programs are offered by many destinations and airlines around the world – with more international air access than ever before, Halifax Stanfield is serving more domestic and international passengers and it makes perfect sense to give them additional reasons to stay a little longer in our beautiful part of Canada.”

Halifax Stanfield International Airport served a record 4.3 million passengers last year, a 20% increase from 2013.

“As we further develop this program, we’re confident it will continue to drive Halifax’s tourism momentum, bringing more passengers to Halifax Stanfield and visitors to experience all our region has to offer,” said Pellerin. “We want more people to fall in love with Halifax and Nova Scotia – that’s what this really is all about.”

More information at discoverhalifaxns.com/stopover-halifax

Canada’s Airlines, Airports Among World’s Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get Worse

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By Daniel Tencer 4 July 2019

Under a new “passenger bill of rights,” airlines will be able to leave passengers stuck on the tarmac for longer than the current standard.
An airplane taking off at Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International
An airplane taking off at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

MONTREAL ― Canadian airports and airlines are some of the worst performers worldwide when it comes to flight delays, and new federal rules that allow passengers to be stuck on the tarmac for longer could make things worse.

All but one of Canada’s major airlines rank in the bottom half for on-time performance in a new survey from travel data provider OAG. 

Canada’s best performer, WestJet, ranks 57th out of 125 airlines surveyed, with 77.1 per cent of all flights arriving on time. The country’s worst performer, Sunwing, ranks as the second-worst airline in the world, 124th out of 125, with only 57.8 per cent of flights on time.

Sunwing experienced numerous flight glitches in recent years, including major delays in Toronto and Montreal in April, 2018, that led to a fine from the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

Looking at airports, Canada doesn’t fare much better. Our best airport, in Grande Prairie, Alta., ranks 108th out of 505 airports surveyed.

Toronto’s two commercial passenger airports, Pearson and Billy Bishop, rank as the two worst airports in Canada and among the worst in the world ― 475th and 489th, respectively.

Interestingly, there is a yawning east-west divide, with western Canadian airports performing better than others.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

The survey comes as Canada is about to launch a new “passengers’ bill of rights” that some critics say will make it easier for airlines to delay flights.

Under the new regulations, airlines will be able to keep passengers stuck on the tarmac for up to three hours, plus an additional 45 minutes if the airline believes takeoff is imminent.

Currently, Canada has no government-enforced limits on tarmac delays, but airlines themselves had standards built into their tariffs. The industry standard was 90 minutes, which is also what a Senate committee recommended be the rule in the new passenger bill of rights. The government rejected that recommendation.

Airlines themselves have been pushing for longer tarmac delays. Air Canada extended its maximum tarmac time to four hours in 2018.

Additionally, it will be very difficult to get compensation from airlines in most cases where flights are delayed or passengers are denied boarding, said Gabor Lukacs, a prominent consumer advocate who has challenged airline practices in courts.

Watch: Here are the budget airlines in Canada. Story continues below.

Lukacs said he worries about the possibility of longer delays under the new rules because “when something becomes legal, they will do it. On the other hand, the counterargument is it’s in the airline’s best interest to get passengers to their destination as quickly as possible.”

Lukacs’ advocacy group, Air Passenger Rights, has accused the government of letting the airline industry dictate the new passengers’ bill of rights.

A spokesperson for Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the tarmac delay rule was decided “based on operational realities and international best practices. For example, in the United States, air carriers are required to offer the option to disembark after a three hour delay on domestic flights, and a four hour delay on international flights.”

While airlines frequently blame weather for flight delays, data from the U.S. federal government shows that extreme weather events are responsible for fewer than 5 per cent of flight delays in the U.S. The most common reason for delays was late-arriving aircraft, meaning flights delayed because earlier flights were delayed. This accounted for nearly 42 per cent of U.S. delays. Canada does not currently keep track of this type of data.

But Lukacs points out that Canada has much harsher weather than most of the U.S., so it may not be a fair comparison. And Toronto’s worst-in-the-country Billy Bishop Airport has unique issues to deal with because it’s on an island.

“This may be an apples to oranges comparison,” he told HuffPost Canada by phone.

Nonetheless, Canada’s poor weather doesn’t explain why Alaska Airlines has a higher on-time percentage than any Canadian airline (80.7 per cent) and is the third best among U.S. airlines.

Lukacs argues these on-time rankings are incomplete: There isn’t enough data to determine, for instance, whether it’s a particular airport or a particular airline that’s behind delays in a given place.

Either way, airlines should be taking bad weather into account when planning their schedules, Lukacs said.

“If airlines and airports ignore the weather realities, then you have guaranteed, built-in failure,” he said.

WestJet leaving Gander in the cold, blaming slow winter sales for service reduction

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Flights will stop Oct. 26 and resume in the summer of 2020

CBC News · Posted: Jun 27, 2019

WestJet will stop flying out of Gander International Airport in late October, and will return to seasonal flights in the summer of 2020. (WestJet/Facebook)

It was only three years ago that WestJet announced it would be bringing service back to Gander.

The airline company had not operated out of the central Newfoundland airport for almost a decade to that point.

But now the plan is to scale back operations out of Gander International, leaving travellers wondering why. 

“It’s certainly a substantial reduction in capacity and disappointing news, of course,” Reg Wright, CEO of the Gander Airport Authority, told CBC Newfoundland Morning.

“Not entirely unforeseen, but disappointing nonetheless.”

The economy is still pretty tepid, and airports and passenger traffic are really good barometers for how the economy is doing.- Reg Wright

At the end of October WestJet will move to seasonal flights only from Gander to Halifax, meaning there will be no direct flights to Halifax out of Gander over the winter.

In a statement to CBC News the airline company said Oct. 26 will be the last day it will operate daily flights from Gander to Halifax, and will resume seasonal service in the summer of 2020.

As of now 180 travellers have flights booked after the October deadline.

“We recognize that these changes are disappointing news for the community and apologize to our impacted guests. We are in the process of contacting the 180 guests affected to let them know of these changes and to provide further options, including reaccommodation or refunds,” WestJet’s statement said.

Wright said he assumed business changes were coming, but figured the scaleback would have occurred last year instead, citing a similar scenario at Deer Lake Regional Airport. 

Reg Wright, CEO of the Gander International Airport Authority, says he had been expecting the changes to WestJet’s service for almost a year. (Gander International Airport Authority )

By following flight performances with the tenant airlines at Gander International Airport, Wright could track slow and busy travelling periods.

While summer months have strong performance numbers, Wright said, it was the winter months that fell well below projected sales, further than anyone on his side of the desk had expected.

Economic downturn

“I think it’s completely a product of where our economy is at this juncture. The economy is still pretty tepid, and airports and passenger traffic are really good barometers for how the economy is doing,” Wright said. 

“So if you look around, the four most prolific airports, certainly in Newfoundland and Labrador, were all down last year. If you look at dealership sales, they’re down. If you look at inbound sea freight, it’s down. If you talk to retailers, that’s down.”

Wright said he’s trying to remain positive and he understands that travelling to and from Newfoundland is highly seasonal to begin with. 

“The bottom line is this: WestJet will have the same great product in market between May and October, and that’s great, that’s when people are moving, he said.

“It’s those dog days when the snow settles on the ground in November, and if you get into January and February where Santa’s got most of everyone’s disposable income, it’s not as profitable.”

Gander International Airport has four tenant airlines. (Gander International Airport Authority )

WestJet confirmed in its statement to CBC News that winter is a difficult season for profit.

“This difficult decision was made as WestJet continued to see challenges to our winter service from both an operations and load factor perspective. We remain focused on ensuring that our aircraft are deployed in the best interest of our 25 million guests, while operating profitably and supporting the growth of our hubs,” the company said.

‘Like running a mall’

Gander International Airport has four tenant airlines conducting business in its airspace. Air Canada, WestJet, PAL Airlines and Sunwing Airlines share a piece of the consumer action. 

Wright said it’s important to offer a variety of airlines to travel with to the public, but each airline still needs to meet its own sales figures. 

“Running the airport is a bit like running a mall. You want lots of choice, but at day’s end you know that all your tenants have to be profitable, and that’s the very essence there,” he said. 

“Airlines exist to make money for owners and shareholders, and where they don’t they have to take remedial action.”

Wright said he found out about the change a week ago and has been working on finding a replacement, but nothing is set in stone yet. 

WestJet, Delta Air Lines obtain clearance from the Canadian Competition Bureau for transborder joint venture

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CALGARY and ATLANTA, June 27, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet (TSX:WJA) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today announced that their proposed U.S. –  joint venture has received clearance under Canada’s Competition Act from the Canadian Competition Bureau (CCB). The CCB issued a no-action letter confirming that it does not intend to challenge the proposed joint venture agreement between WestJet and Delta Air Lines.

Delta (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Delta (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Today’s clearance by the CCB is an important step towards satisfying the conditions necessary to implement the proposed WestJet-Delta transborder joint venture,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “We thank the CCB for its timely and thorough review.  The joint venture will lead to more consumer choice, connectivity, and economic benefits on both sides of the border by growing U.S.-Canada business and tourism travel.”

“This significant achievement brings us closer to implementing a joint venture that provides a world-class experience for customers travelling between the U.S. and Canada,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO. “The joint venture between Delta and WestJet will create an expanded network with more frequencies and destinations, improved airport connections and significantly enhanced frequent flyer benefits.”

The proposed joint venture between the two airlines is still subject to regulatory approval from the Department of Transportation in the United States.

Upon receipt of all regulatory clearances or approvals the new joint venture will enable Delta and WestJet to deepen their existing partnership with expanded codesharing, reciprocal elite frequent flyer benefits, optimized growth across the U.S.-Canada transborder networks, and co-location at key hubs with initiatives designed to deliver a more seamless guest experience. The partners will also begin implementing joint sales and marketing activities and increase belly cargo cooperation. 

Further information about WestJet and Delta Air Lines is available at westjet.com and delta.com.

WestJet begins summer service between Edmonton and St. John’s

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Three-times weekly service conveniently connects the east and the west  

CALGARY, June 26, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today again connected Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador with the departure of its non-stop flight between the Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and St. John’s International Airport (YYT).

As part of WestJet’s summer schedule, the new three-times weekly service features conveniently timed flights and strengthens ties between two important destinations in WestJet’s network.

“Both provinces have strong business and leisure ties and we’re excited to inaugurate our new three-times weekly service,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “We’re confident that our guests will benefit from greater access through these conveniently times flights as we continue to invest in both airports.”

“We couldn’t be happier with this new flight as there is a regular flow of travellers between St. John’s and the Edmonton Metropolitan Region as well as northern Alberta,” said Tom Ruth, Edmonton International Airport President and CEO. “WestJet continues to show its commitment to growing air service for our region and we look forward to welcoming travellers moving between Alberta and Newfoundland, taking advantage of the work and tourism opportunities in both provinces.”

“We’re delighted to have WestJet continue to invest in air service from our region by providing direct flights to one of our most popular destinations in Canada,” said Marie Manning, Director of Marketing and Business Development, St. John’sInternational Airport Authority. “The links between Edmonton and St. John’s are strong, and this new service that offers a fast and convenient way to connect these two regions has already been well-received by the local market.”

Details of WestJet’s service between Edmonton and St. John’s:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Edmonton-St. 
John’s
Three-times 
weekly
9:15 p.m.6:09 a.m. (+1)June 25, 2019
St. John’s-
Edmonton
Three-times 
weekly
9:00 a.m.11:40 a.m.June 26, 2019

This summer, WestJet will operate more than 50 weekly departures from St. John’s to Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax and Toronto.