Advance Declaration now available at Edmonton International Airport

Travellers can submit customs declaration in advance and save time at the airport

EDMONTON, AB, March 22, 2023 /CNW/ – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is exploring safe, secure and innovative ways to deliver a better and faster border experience for travellers entering Canada.

Starting today, Advance Declaration is available to all travellers arriving on international flights at the Edmonton International Airport (YEG). Express lanes are also available in the customs areas for travellers who complete their Advance Declaration to skip line-ups for Primary Inspection Kiosks (PIK).

Advance Declaration provides travellers with the option to submit their customs and immigration declaration up to 72 hours in advance of their arrival in Canada. Travellers can now spend less time at PIKs when they arrive at the airport, resulting in shorter wait times at the border.

To modernize and expedite the travel experience, Advance Declaration is already available to travellers arriving on international flights at the following Canadian airports:

  • Calgary (YYC)
  • Halifax Stanfield (YHZ)
  • Toronto Pearson (YYZ)
  • Montreal – Trudeau (YUL)
  • Winnipeg Richardson (YWG)
  • Quebec City Jean- Lesage (YQB)
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City (YTZ)
  • Ottawa Macdonald- Cartier (YOW)
  • Vancouver (YVR)

Advance Declaration is part of CBSA’s Traveller Modernization initiative, which is being implemented over the coming years. Modernizing the travel experience includes the use of digital technologies and tools for both travellers and border services officers.


“With Advance Declaration and express lanes now available at Edmonton International Airport, travellers can enjoy a faster border experience. This is one example of how we are modernizing Canada’s borders, and we’re happy to work with partners like the Edmonton Airport Authority, to make this digital option available to travellers.”

– Brad Wozny, Regional Director General, Prairie Region, CBSA

“CBSA has the integral role of providing border control, immigration and customs services at Edmonton International Airport (YEG). While safety and security are always our top priorities, we aim to deliver an efficient and positive experience for our traveler’s journey throughout the airport, including navigating their border crossing. We welcome CBSA’s Advance Declaration and are certain our passengers will be pleased to experience a better and faster border experience at YEG.”

– Steve Maybee, VP, Operations, Infrastructure and Corporate Communications, Edmonton International Airport

Quick facts

  • Early usage data shows that using the Advance Declaration feature in ArriveCAN cuts the amount of time a traveller spends at a PIK or eGate by roughly one third.
  • A traveller can submit a customs and immigration declaration at any point within 72 hours before their arrival in Canada. Travellers can also edit their declaration, if needed, at the airport kiosk once they arrive. The declaration is not finalized until it has been confirmed at the airport kiosk.
  • Personal information provided by travellers through ArriveCAN is protected under the Privacy Act. For more information, see the ArriveCAN privacy notice. Advance CBSA Declaration has an additional privacy notice that is presented to users upon accessing the feature. It offers end-to-end encryption for information the traveller transmits to the CBSA in advance of their arrival in Canada.

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Winter 2023 heats up with release of Flair Airlines Winter Schedule

  • Winter 2023 will see an expansion in Las Vegas with the addition of service from Ottawa and Calgary
  • Existing Phoenix service will move from Phoenix-Mesa to Sky Harbor and new route from Calgary to begin in October
  • Majority of Winter 2023 capacity to be international or transborder

EDMONTON, AB, March 7, 2023 /CNW/ – Today, Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, announces the release of an exciting winter 2023 schedule. The schedule features added depth across the network to give customers more choice, particularly to sunshine, at low fares.

Today’s announcement includes several new routes, including Toronto to Puerto Vallarta (beginning October 29, 4x weekly), Kitchener-Waterloo to Puerto Vallarta (beginning December 16, 3x weekly), Calgary to Las Vegas (beginning October 30, 7x weekly), and Calgary to Phoenix (beginning October 30, 4x weekly). Flair will also be the only carrier to serve Ottawa to Las Vegas (beginning October 13, 2x weekly).

Existing service from Vancouver and Edmonton to Phoenix will move to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for the season, along with the new service from Calgary to Phoenix.

“With today’s exciting announcement, we are reaffirming our commitment to Canadians,” said Stephen Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, Flair Airlines. “Our network offers more choice to more sun destinations than ever before. Rather than one reprieve from winter, we look forward to Canadians taking the opportunity to try all of the amazing destinations in our network.”

“We’ve optimized our network this winter to match demand for sun. It’s clear that Canadians want more affordable options for sun, more often,” said Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer, Flair Airlines. “We’ve focused on adding depth to our network by increasing frequencies on popular routes. We’ll now have daily service various routes, including Vancouver to Los Angeles and Toronto to Orlando to make it easier for Canadians to plan their winter travel.”

One-way fares at begin at $9 one way including taxes and fees (Thunder Bay to Toronto). Limited seats for a limited time. Flights are available for booking at

All routes, including the winter schedule, are now on sale for 20% off base fare with code: SAVE20. Sale starts on March 7 and ends on March 9, 2023, for travel from March 7, 2023, to March 14, 2024. Terms and conditions apply. Limited seats for a limited time. *

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s leading low-fare airline and its greenest airline, on a mission to provide affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve over 35 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit 

*Use promo code: SAVE20. Limited seats for a limited time. Base fare only. Taxes and fees not included. Sale start: March 7, 2023. Sale end: March 9, 2023. Blackout dates: April 6 – April 7, 2023; April 10, 2023; May 18 – May 19, 2023; May 22 – May 23, 2023; June 30, 2023; September 1 – September 4, 2023; October 6 – October 9, 2023; November 10 – November 13, 2023; December 15, 2023 – January 7, 2024; February 15 – February 20, 2024.

Winter 2023 Weekly Frequencies


  • Toronto (YYZ) – Fort Lauderdale (FLL): 14x weekly
  • Vancouver (YVR) – Los Angeles (LAX): 7x weekly
  • Toronto (YYZ) – New York (JFK): 4X weekly
  • Toronto (YYZ) – Las Vegas (LAS): 4x weekly
  • Vancouver (YVR) – San Francisco (SFO): 4x weekly
  • Ottawa (YOW) – Fort Lauderdale (FLL): 4x weekly
  • Toronto (YYZ) – Orlando (SFB): 7x weekly
  • Vancouver (YVR) – Las Vegas (LAS): 7x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) – Las Vegas (LAS): 4x weekly
  • Kitchener-Waterloo (YKF) – Fort Lauderdale (FLL): 4x weekly
  • Vancouver (YVR) – Phoenix (PHX): 3x weekly
  • Calgary (YYC) – Phoenix (PHX): 4x weekly
  • Calgary (YYC) – Las Vegas (LAS): 7x weekly
  • Kitchener-Waterloo (YKF) – Orlando (SFB): 4x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) – Los Angeles (LAX): 3x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) – Phoenix (PHX): 4x weekly
  • Ottawa (YOW) – Orlando (SFB): 4x weekly
  • Ottawa (YOW) – Las Vegas (LAS): 2x weekly


  • Vancouver (YVR) – Puerto Vallarta (PVR): 9x weekly
  • Toronto (YYZ) – Cancun (CUN): 10x weekly
  • Toronto (YYZ) – Puerto Vallarta (PVR): 4x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) – Puerto Vallarta (PVR): 3x weekly 
  • Abbotsford (YXX) – Puerto Vallarta (PVR): 3x weekly
  • Calgary (YYC) – Puerto Vallarta (PVR): 6x weekly
  • Kitchener-Waterloo (YKF) – Cancun (CUN) 4x weekly
  • Vancouver (YVR) – Los Cabos (SJD): 3x weekly
  • Ottawa (YOW) – Cancun (CUN): 3x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) – Los Cabos (SJD): 1x weekly
  • Calgary (YYC) – Los Cabos (SJD): 1x weekly
  • Abbotsford (YXX) – Los Cabos (SJD): 1x weekly
  • Kitchener-Waterloo (YKF) – Puerto Vallarta (PVR): 3x weekly


  • Toronto (YYZ) – Vancouver (YVR): 15x weekly
  • Toronto (YYZ) – Calgary (YYC): 11x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) – Abbotsford (YXX): 14x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) – Vancouver (YVR): 14X weekly
  • Abbotsford (YXX) – Calgary (YYC): 14x weekly
  • Vancouver (YVR) – Calgary (YYC): 14x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) – Kelowna (YLW): 11x weekly
  • Winnipeg (YWG) – Toronto (YYZ): 10x weekly
  • Kelowna (YLW) – Calgary (YYC): 7x weekly
  • Kelowna (YLW) – Vancouver (YVR): 7x weekly
  • Montreal (YUL) – Vancouver (YVR): 5x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) – Toronto (YYZ): 7x weekly
  • Abbotsford (YXX) – Toronto (YYZ): 7x weekly
  • Kitchener-Waterloo (YKF) – Vancouver (YVR): 4x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) – Winnipeg (YWG): 4x weekly
  • Winnipeg (YWG) – Calgary (YYC): 4x weekly
  • Saskatoon (YXE) – Calgary (YYC): 3x weekly
  • Vancouver (YVR) – Winnipeg (YWG): 3x weekly
  • Montreal (YUL) – Calgary (YYC): 3x weekly
  • Halifax (YHZ) – Ottawa (YOW): 4x weekly
  • Vancouver (YVR) – Saskatoon (YXE): 3x weekly
  • Saskatoon (YXE) – Toronto (YYZ): 3x weekly
  • Calgary (YYC) – Victoria (YYJ): 3x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) – Montreal (YUL): 4x weekly
  • Ottawa (YOW) – Vancouver (YVR): 2x weekly
  • Kitchener-Waterloo – Calgary (YYC): 3x weekly
  • Halifax (YHZ) – Kitchener-Waterloo (YKF): 2x weekly
  • Kitchener-Waterloo (YKF) – Abbotsford (YXX): 3x weekly
  • Ottawa (YOW) – Calgary (YYC): 3x weekly
  • Kitchener-Waterloo (YKF) – Winnipeg (YWG): 2x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) – Victoria (YYJ): 3x weekly

Swoop Announces New Domestic Routes Coming This Spring with Increased Frequencies and Connectivity

The ultra-not-expensive airline looks forward to connecting Canadians from coast to coast this summer with new routes and added capacity

CALGARY, AB, March 6, 2023 /CNW/ – Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, is excited to announce its expanded summer schedule, with several new routes and added flight frequencies, offering Canadians more affordable options for domestic travel.

“As Canada’s leading ultra-not-expensive airline, we’re proud to be expanding our footprint from coast to coast with our summer schedule,” said Bob Cummings, President of Swoop. “Convenience and affordability are paramount, so we’re focusing our ultra-not-expensive flights in true ULCC markets that enable more Canadians to explore their big, beautiful backyard.”

As part of this summer’s domestic expansion, Swoop will be adding new service between London, ON (YXU) and Abbotsford (YXX), and will restart seasonal service between Hamilton (YHM) and Charlottetown (YYG). The ULCC will also return popular service to Deer Lake, NL (YDF) with enhanced connectivity from southern Ontario, with flights operating six times weekly from Hamilton (YHM) and Toronto (YYZ).

“This summer we’re thrilled to add significant frequencies on our top performing routes,” continued Cummings. “With daily service in many key leisure markets, we’re making it easier than ever for Canadians access our ultra-convenient and ultra-affordable flights.”

Swoop is also signalling that winter is not over yet, with new seasonal extensions for its most popular sun-flying routes. Canadians can escape to the beach through the end of June with ultra-not-expensive flights from Edmonton (YEG) and Abbotsford (YXX) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) and Los Cabos (SJD) for as low as $119.00 CAD all-in one-way*.

“The London International Airport is thrilled to announce non-stop service to beautiful Abbotsford, British Columbia with Swoop this summer” said Scott McFadzean, President and CEO of the London International Airport. “London and the surrounding region continue to look for more exciting destinations directly from YXU’s easy and comfortable airport. We’re looking forward to the spring and the launch of Abbotsford service with Swoop.”

“We are excited to welcome Swoop back for its second year to Deer Lake for the Summer 2023. Swoop provides affordable air travel, making it easier for families and friends to reconnect more often from Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario with opportunity for connection beyond. It increases access for tourists to take in the many great experiences we offer in Western Newfoundland & Labrador.” said Tammy Priddle President and CEO Deer Lake Regional Airport. “2022 was a great season with Swoop and we are confident 2023 will be another terrific year for travellers to start their adventures with Swoop at YDF”.

Swoop’s fleet growth in 2022 has enabled the ULCC to grow its presence across Canada, with a strong focus in Atlantic Canada where affordable air travel options are lean. Swoop will operate daily flights from southern Ontario into Halifax (YHZ) and St. John’s (NL) and near daily flights to Charlottetown (YYG). West coast connectivity will continue to soar with a 67% increase in flights operating to Abbotsford (YXX).

With one-way all-in prices starting from just $39 CAD*, there’s never been a better time to start planning a great Canadian adventure.

Lowest one-
way total
price (CAD)
Taxes &
Fees (CAD)
Hamilton to Deer Lake2x weekly$59.00$15.23$43.77
Deer Lake to Hamilton2x weekly$59.00$16.14$42.86
Toronto to Deer Lake4x weekly$79.00$28.84$50.16
Deer Lake to Toronto4x weekly$79.00$32.62$46.38
Hamilton to Charlottetown3x weekly$59.00$16.14$42.87
Charlottetown to Hamilton3x weekly$49.00$11.53$37.47
London to Abbotsford4x weekly$49.00$25.29$23.71
Abbotsford to London4x weekly$39.00$22.84$16.16
Toronto to Los Cabos2x weekly$179.00$65.88$113.12
Edmonton to Los Cabos2x weekly$119.00$8.68$113.32
Abbotsford to Los Cabos1x weekly$109.00$35.43$73.57
Edmonton to Puerto Vallarta2x weekly$139.00$28.66$110.34
Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta2x weekly$119.00$55.43$73.57

*Seasonal start and end dates apply and are indicated in the booking flow. | Fares are valid until March 7, 2023 or while seats last. | Prices displayed are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is made and accepted. | Seats at these fares are limited, and may not be available on all flights. | Non-refundable.

About Swoop

Swoop is on a mission to make travel more affordable and accessible for all Canadians. Established in 2018 as an independent subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, Swoop is Canada’s ultra-not-expensive airline. Offering scheduled service to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, Swoop’s unbundled fares put travellers in control of purchasing only the products and services they desire.   

Swoop’s fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft expanded in 2022 to add six Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, for a total of 16 aircraft.  

At travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, and track flights.

WestJet brings more seats and increased flight frequencies to summer schedule

Airline bolsters ambitious growth strategy with increased options for guests to travel across summer network

CALGARY, AB, March 6, 2023 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced significant increases to its summer schedule bringing more seats and additional flight frequencies to popular routes across its network. With nearly 600 daily departures during peak travel days, WestJet’s summer schedule enhancements will bring more opportunities for Canadians to travel seamlessly across the airline’s domestic, transborder and international network this summer.

“Providing our guests with even more opportunity to travel across our network this summer comes as a result of a thoughtfully designed schedule that balances the high demand for travel alongside a reliable and resilient operation,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Group Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer. “With more seats available for booking and added capacity on popular routes, our summer schedule reflects a strengthened commitment to providing seamless domestic and transborder connectivity for our guests.”

Highlights of WestJet’s summer schedule increases over 2022:

  • 64 per cent increase in seat capacity to/from Regina
  • 46 per cent increase in seat capacity to/from Saskatoon
  • 44 per cent increase in seat capacity to/from Edmonton
  • 42 per cent increase in seat capacity to/from Winnipeg
  • 27 per cent increase in seat capacity to/from Calgary
  • 13 per cent increase in seat capacity to/from Kelowna
  • 5 per cent increase in seat capacity to/from Vancouver

Enhanced flight frequencies across popular domestic and transborder routes:

Route2023 peak summer
2022 peak summer
Edmonton – Las Vegas11x weekly4x weekly
Edmonton – Los Angeles7x weekly4x weekly
Calgary – Denver4x weekly2x weekly
Calgary – Houston13x weekly7x weekly
Calgary – New York (JFK)7x weekly4x weekly
Vancouver – Saskatoon7x weekly4x weekly
Vancouver – Ottawa11x weekly5x weekly
Calgary – Yellowknife14x weekly7x weekly
Calgary – Windsor7x weekly3x weekly
Calgary – London, Ont.14x weekly7x weekly
Calgary – Montreal20x weekly13x weekly
Edmonton – Kelowna35x weekly27x weekly
Edmonton – Winnipeg20x weekly6x weekly
Edmonton – Yellowknife7x weekly3x weekly
Edmonton – Saskatoon14x weekly6x weekly
Edmonton – Regina14x weekly6x weekly
Edmonton – Victoria20x weekly13x weekly
Edmonton – Halifax13x weekly7x weekly
Winnipeg – Thunder Bay13x weekly7x weekly
Winnipeg – Saskatoon12x weekly7x weekly

About WestJet

In 27 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 110 destinations in 24 countries.  

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit  

Recent recognition includes:  

2020/2019 Number-One Ranked Canadian Airline Loyalty Program in Member Engagement (Bond Brand Loyalty)   

2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)  
2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)  

2019/2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada)  

Alstef Group chosen as preferred partner for Edmonton International Airport (YEG) baggage system modernization programme

In late 2021, Edmonton International Airport (YEG) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for its Baggage System Modernization project. The RFP process aimed to identify parties interested in partnering with YEG on strategic and innovative solutions for the airport’s Baggage Handling System (BHS) including modernization of the baggage system but also looking to address deficiencies and critical risks within the current BHS environment.

After a rigorous year-long evaluation process, Alstef Group was assessed as providing the best value proposal to meet the airport’s long-term needs, and Alstef Group is delighted to be now acknowledged as YEG’s preferred partner for BHS-related works.

The first phase of the BHS modernization project begins immediately. It includes the replacement of legacy controls equipment, upgrading and adding new bag-tag readers, the replacement of the existing SCADA software, and the development and commissioning of transit passenger baggage processing software. Subsequent future phases, to begin in late 2023 and early 2024, involve the modernization of the airport’s legacy baggage handling infrastructure and operational technical support.

“It is a great accolade to be selected as YEG’s preferred partner,” says Philippe Hamon, Alstef Group Airports Sales Director. “We were up against some tough competition, but a focus on partnerships is part of our core values and this came through strongly in our proposal,” continues Hamon. “We aim to maintain enduring relationships with every new customer, so being awarded a ‘preferred partner’ status means so much more to us than a project award.”

“Alstef Group’s strategic approach to airport operations’ systems complements our goals of delivering an efficient and positive passenger experience. Their knowledge in the field and proven ability to modernize technical systems are just a few of the reasons we have chosen them as our trusted partner,” states Steve Maybee, Vice President of Operations, Infrastructure and Corporate Communications, Edmonton International Airport (YEG).

“We are excited to enter into a long-term partnership with the Alstef Group to provide reliable, secure, and innovative baggage services. We look forward to collaborating with our airline partners, internal teams, and, most importantly, our passengers to modernize these critical services,” adds Tara Mulrooney, Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Edmonton International Airport (YEG).

The future-focused partnership will allow YEG and Alstef Group to plan and work together to prepare the airport for the future, utilizing the wide range of BHS technologies and services Alstef Group has to offer.  

Porter Airlines service begins between Edmonton and Toronto Pearson

TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2023 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is launching its first flights between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Edmonton International Airport (YEG). Edmonton is the first destination in Alberta to be added to the airline’s network.

Flights are operated with Porter’s new Embraer E195-E2 jets. A 132-seat, two-by-two configuration gives every passenger more space thanks to no middle seat.

Porter Airlines is launching its first flights between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Edmonton International Airport (YEG). Edmonton is the first destination in Alberta to be added to the airline’s network. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.)

Porter’s generous passenger experience, which includes complimentary beer and wine served in real glassware, free premium snacks, and free WiFi, will be available to all travellers. Flights between Toronto and Edmonton also have fresh, healthy meals, and cocktails available, either as part of the all-inclusive PorterReserve fare, or for purchase à la carte with PorterClassic.

“The Toronto-Edmonton route is an opportunity for us to introduce Porter’s elevated economy travel experience to the Edmonton community,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “What Porter offers sets us apart from other airlines in North America by treating economy passengers with a level of respect and service that they won’t find anywhere else. “

“We are proud to welcome our newest airline partner, Porter Airlines, to the Edmonton region! Their growing network of destinations and their approach to innovating the in-flight experience for passengers is a reflection of their ongoing commitment to the travel industry. Porter’s unique and tailored service offerings will provide travellers with a comfortable and modern journey, and we’re proud to be part of their launch into the region and look forward to a strong partnership,” says Myron Keehn, President & CEO, Edmonton International Airport (YEG).

Service on the Toronto Pearson-Edmonton route begins with one daily, non-stop return flight, increasing to three daily flights by May 1.

Edmonton is the latest addition to Porter’s E195-E2 network, with Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver having started earlier this month. Service to Calgary and Halifax also begin later this month. More information, including flight schedules, can be found at

About Porter

Since 2006, Porter Airlines has been elevating the experience of economy air travel for every passenger, providing genuine hospitality with style, care and charm. Porter’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft serves a North American network from Eastern Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®. Visit or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

WestJet brings new U.S. destinations and enhanced domestic connectivity to summer schedule as airline’s new growth strategy takes flight

CALGARY, AB, Feb. 13, 2023 /CNW/ – WestJet today unveiled 20 new routes and three new destinations to the airline’s summer schedule. Offering a comprehensive network of connectivity between Western Canada and the United States, WestJet’s summer network additions feature new non-stop service to Washington Dulles, Detroit and Minneapolis, with new routes added to Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Nashville and Seattle. In line with the airline’s previously announced strategic direction, WestJet is also expanding domestic travel options across Canada with increased frequencies and options to travel from coast-to-coast, and everywhere in between.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our network and giving our guests substantial opportunity to explore the U.S., and Canada from coast-to-coast this summer,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet Group Chief Executive Officer. “From increased domestic options to expanded regional and transborder connectivity throughout Western Canada, our summer schedule demonstrates our unwavering commitment to fulfilling the diverse needs of Canadian travellers and ensuring we are the friendly, reliable and affordable airline they love.”

With strengthened domestic and transborder connectivity, WestJet will increase its service up to nearly 30 per cent in Calgary, 50 percent in Edmonton and 10 per cent in Vancouver when compared to 2022.

Expanded U.S. network with more routes and increased access to Delta hubs

This summer WestJet will introduce Minneapolis, Detroit and Washington D.C. (Dulles), to its network, in addition to investing in new routes and restoring service to an expansive list of U.S. destinations.

Through its longstanding partnership with Delta Air Lines, guests connecting through Minneapolis and Detroit will gain access to two more of the U.S. airline’s major hubs. Building on WestJet’s current service to Delta hubs, including Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle, WestJet guests will now have access to over 150 U.S. destinations on a single purchased ticket with check-in for all flights at the first departure, baggage tagged to their final destination and lounge access for select guests. Additionally, frequent flyers of both airlines will continue to enjoy extensive reciprocal benefits any time they fly with either carrier, including earning and redeeming in their preferred program.

Highlights of WestJet’s summer 2023 transborder and international service

Destination Start
Peak Season
Arrival Time
Calgary – Austin*May 182x weekly09:4014:30
Calgary – Chicago*May 184x weekly12:1516:40
Calgary – Detroit1May 265x weekly12:3518:05
Calgary – Washington D.C. (Dulles)June 23x weekly09:4516:02
Edmonton – Minneapolis1June 25x weekly08:1511:46
Edmonton – Seattle1May 195x weekly10:3011:30
Vancouver – Atlanta1May 174x weekly22:2506:05
Vancouver – NashvilleMay 192x weekly10:0016:19
Vancouver – Orlando*May 61x weekly11:0019:52
Winnipeg – Los Angeles3Apr 303x weekly07:0008:38
Toronto – Bermuda3May 52x weekly07:0010:42
*Resumption of service/ 1 Delta hub/ Continuation of winter service

Enhancing non-stop west to east connectivity

As part of WestJet’s new strategic direction, the airline is taking strides to further provide guests with extensive opportunities to seamlessly and affordably travel across Canada. Substantially strengthening Canadian connectivity, WestJet is adding five new routes between Eastern and Western Canada, further positioning its network to support travel demands across the country.

Destination Start
Peak Season
Arrival Time
Calgary – MonctonJune 143x weekly09:1516:49
Calgary – Thunder Bay*June 293x weekly14:00/15:4518:36/20:21
Calgary – Quebec City*May 194x weekly17:5523:55
Edmonton – CharlottetownJune 141x weekly10:2517:58
Edmonton – LondonMay 192x weekly10:2515:52
Edmonton – MonctonJune 292x weekly10:2517:57
Edmonton – Ottawa*Apr 306x weekly09:0014:43
Edmonton – Montreal*June 302x weekly01:0007:03
*Resumption of service

Bringing Western Canadian communities closer through a strengthened regional network

As Western Canada’s undisputed home-team carrier, WestJet is enhancing its aviation gateway for business and leisure travel opportunities by further strengthening regional connectivity with the resumption of non-stop flights and increased frequencies.

Destination Start
Peak Season
Arrival Time
Calgary – Terrace*May 14x weekly09:40/14:1010:58/15:28
Edmonton – Nanaimo*April 302x weekly10:3011:29
Edmonton – Penticton*July 12x weekly11:0011:27
Kelowna – Regina*May 212x weekly17:3020:34
Kelowna – Saskatoon*June 22x weekly17:3520:29
Kelowna – Winnipeg*June 23x weekly19:1523:33
Vancouver – Regina*Jun 302x weekly20:4523:47
Winnipeg – Victoria*April 302x weekly17:3018:28
*Resumption of service

Additional quotes

“Delta is excited about WestJet’s expanded US-Canada network in summer 2023,” said Perry Cantarutti, senior vice president Alliances and International for Delta. “We already have a strong codeshare network with WestJet, and extensive reciprocal benefits for our frequent flyers. With both increased flights to Delta’s hubs in Atlanta and Seattle, as well as new WestJet flights to our hubs in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Detroit, we look forward to growing our partnership, offering new travel and connection options to more customers, and increasing competition.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome WestJet to Minnesota and are pleased to add an important business route to Edmonton from MSP,” said Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns and operates MSP. “WestJet’s arrival also opens up new connections for travelers across Western Canada and the United States leveraging their codeshare with Delta Air Lines, MSP’s largest carrier.”

“We are pleased to have WestJet begin operations at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. With the addition of WestJet, our customers will be able to fly directly from Detroit to Calgary for the first time since 2005. We’re hoping this route will also give our Canadian neighbors one more reason to visit our great region, “said Chad Newton, Wayne County Airport Authority CEO.

“Dulles International Airport welcomes WestJet to the Washington, D.C., region with this first-ever service to Calgary,” said Chryssa Westerlund, Airports Authority executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “Calgary will become the 60th international destination from Washington Dulles, and WestJet will be our 40th air carrier. We are thrilled to welcome WestJet to Dulles and to provide customers this new link between Western Canada and Washington.”

About WestJet

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 110 destinations in 24 countries. 

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Recent recognition includes: 
2020/2019 Number-One Ranked Canadian Airline Loyalty Program in Member Engagement (Bond Brand Loyalty)
2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines) 
2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines) 
2019/2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada)

Kamloops and Edmonton blaze new connection with Flair Airlines service launch

  • Flair establishes first non-stop service between the two cities since 2016
  • Flights run three times per week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday beginning in June
  • Fares start as low as $29

KAMLOOPS, BC, Feb. 10, 2023 /CNW/ – Today, Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, announced new service between Kamloops and Edmonton. Flights begin June 15, 2023, with thrice-weekly flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The new route reconnects the two cities, which have not had direct flights in six years, since early 2016.

Flair Airlines Ln7683 Paint Rollout P3 Boeing Field (CNW Group/Flair Airlines Ltd.)
Flair Airlines Ln7683 Paint Rollout P3 Boeing Field (CNW Group/Flair Airlines Ltd.)

“We are excited to connect residents of Kamloops and Edmonton, who deserve direct, non-stop flights rather than connecting through Vancouver or Calgary,” said Stephen Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, Flair Airlines. “Whether it’s visiting friends and family for a long weekend or to travel for work or tourism, we are excited to take this first step in the Kamloops market and to bring more service to residents of both cities.”

“We look forward to welcoming Flair to Kamloops this coming June, in time for our peak summer season,” said Ed Ratuski, Managing Director, Kamloops Airport. “The Kamloops to Edmonton route has long been on the community’s air service wish list, and with air service development support from Vantage, Kamloops Airport’s management company, this service is being realized. Beyond the convenience for visiting friends and relatives, this non-stop service enhances opportunities for tourism and trade development at both ends of the route.”

Kamloops City Councilor Bill Saria, President of Kamloops Airport Authority and President of the Kamloops Board of Directors said: “This is an exciting expansion to services here at YKA. Having a direct flight between Kamloops and Edmonton will be very beneficial to British Columbians and Albertans alike. This will not only benefit those locally but those who are wishing to travel elsewhere. A warm welcome to Flair Airlines.”

“What a fantastic opportunity to increase affordability and accessibility to folks travelling to and from Kamloops and Edmonton,” said City of Kamloops Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson. “Whether it be for business or pleasure this could potentially increase visitors to both of our great cities. This is an example of positive economic growth.”

“I am so pleased to see yet another affordable option for Edmontonians when it comes to traveling for business or pleasure,” said Mayor of Edmonton, Amarjeet Sohi. “Increased flight options through the Edmonton International Airport is vital to our region as it helps to create jobs and grow our economy.”

One-way fares from Kamloops to Edmonton begin at $29 CAD, including taxes and fees. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. Flights are available for booking at

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s leading low-fare airline and its greenest airline, on a mission to provide affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve over 35 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit