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WestJet Link welcomes over 195,000 guests in its first year of service

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Airline continues to provide more choice and connectivity to Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Prince George regions

CALGARY, June 20, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet’s newest air service, WestJet Link is celebrating carrying more than 195,000 guests in its first year of operation between Calgary and five cities in British Columbia and Alberta.

WestJet Link (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Link (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

Since its inception last June, WestJet Link has operated over 7,000 flights between WestJet’s home and largest hub in Calgary to Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Prince George. Guests from these areas have benefitted from more choice, lower fares and better connectivity through the service.

WestJet Link in Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Link in Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“WestJet Link is working the way it was designed to give guests convenient access to the WestJet network along with a caring experience from start to finish,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “We’re thrilled to celebrate its successful first year of service and thank our loyal guests in these communities for choosing WestJet Link to take them to Calgary or beyond. We look forward to operating many more flights together alongside our partners at Pacific Coastal.”

WestJet Link is operated through a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines using its fleet of WestJet-branded 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft includes six seats available in WestJet Premium, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

“We are proud to operate these connecting flights under our Capacity Purchase Agreement with WestJet and are excited to be celebrating the first anniversary,” said Quentin Smith, President of Pacific Coastal Airlines.

“Congratulations to WestJet Link and Pacific Coastal Airlines on a very successful first year of connecting more guests through YYC to their destination,” said Michael Hayward, Vice President, Marketing and Guest Experience, The Calgary Airport Authority. “The frequency and comfort of the flights builds on the successful strategic relationship between WestJet and our airport.”

WestJet continues to offer more flights than any other airline to more destinations from Calgary with an average of 975 flights per week to 67 non-stop destinations.

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“We are delighted that WestJet Link has been a success and continues to grow in our community,” said LethbridgeMayor, Chris Spearman. “Air passenger traffic has increased by 80 per cent in the last 12 months and this is due in large part to the addition of services from WestJet Link. The Lethbridge Airport is an important economic driver for our region and we welcome the additional travel options our residents now have and appreciate WestJet as a key partner in the future success of our airport.”

“We are thrilled to celebrate with WestJet on their first anniversary in Medicine Hat,” said Ted Clugston, Mayor of the City of Medicine Hat. “The airline has provided numerous opportunities for our residents and the business community. WestJet has been a fantastic addition to our community. We are looking forward to many more years of service.”

“We are delighted with the service that WestJet Link has brought to our airport and region, and the exciting connections that our passengers can now make through WestJet’s Calgary hub,” said John Gibson, President and CEO of Prince George Airport.

“Since WestJet began serving the Kootenay Rockies Region at YXC one year ago, we’ve seen rapid acceleration toward our growth goals in tourism, business and economic development in general,” said Canadian Rockies International Airport Manager, Tristen Chernove. “It’s been terrific to see how well utilized the service has been right from the start and we are very excited to see what the future brings as WestJet and the Kootenay Rockies reach toward their potential.”

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.

About WestJet
Together with WestJet’s regional airline, WestJet Encore, we offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe and to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through our airline partnerships. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas. Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods, and have access to Member Exclusive fares offering deals to WestJet destinations throughout our network and those of our partner airlines.

WestJet is proud to be recognized for three consecutive years as Best Airline in Canada (2017-19) and awarded among travellers’ favourite Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (2019). From 2017-2018, WestJet was also awarded among travellers’ favorite Mid-Sized and Low-Cost Airlines in North America. The airline was also recognized among the Economy Class winners in North America, 2018. All awards are based on authentic reviews from the travelling public on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. We are one of very few airlines globally that does not commercially overbook.

WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol WJA. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes:
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)
2018/2017 Winner Among Mid-Sized and Low Cost Airlines – North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)
2018 Winner – Economy, North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)
2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada)
2018 North America’s Best Low-Cost Airline (Skytrax)
2018/2017/2016 Canada’s Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)

CUPE Swoops in to represent final group of WestJet flight attendants

Provided by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)/CNW

OTTAWA, June 11, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has been certified to represent flight attendants at Swoop, a fully owned subsidiary of WestJet.

CUPE has previously been certified by the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent flight attendants at Westjet mainline and Encore, Westjet’s regional carrier.

With the addition of the 170 Swoop employees, CUPE now represents almost 4,000 WestJet Flight Attendants. All flight attendants of WestJet and its subsidiaries are now represented by CUPE.

“It is such a pleasure to welcome this last part of the WestJet organization into CUPE,” said Mark Hancock, President of CUPE National.  “We are honoured that Flight Attendants put their trust in us and we will work hard to keep that trust.”

CUPE is Canada’s largest union with 680,000 members including 15,000 flight attendants.

SOURCE Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

WestJet ratifies three-year agreement with WestJet Encore flight dispatchers

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

CALGARY, May 23, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that WestJet Encore flight dispatchers, represented by the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA), have successfully ratified a three-year agreement.

This ratified agreement starts May 22, 2019 and expires on May 22, 2022.

“We are pleased with today’s outcome and believe that this agreement recognizes the hard work and valuable contributions of our WestJet Encore dispatchers,” said John Aaron, WestJet Vice-President and General Manager, Encore.

“Today’s outcome is a solid example of WestJet Encore dispatchers coming together to advance the quality of their own employee experience,” said Alexander Ritson, WestJet Encore CALDA Chair.

CUPE response to Onex deal

News provided by CUPE 4070

CALGARY – 13 May 2019 – The union representing almost 4,000 cabin crew members at WestJet and Encore expressed guarded optimism about the company’s sale to Onex.  However, CUPE 4070 President Chris Rauenbusch expressed some concern about the future of the employee share holder plan.

“WestJet is a Canadian business success story, building from a small regional carrier to one of the world’s foremost airlines,” said Rauenbusch.  “We hope Onex will continue to develop WestJet to its full potential as an airline industry leader.”

“The good news is that Onex is looking to maintain WestJet as a Calgary based airline. They’ve committed to no job losses and to WestJet’s expansion plans. We will hold them to that promise.”

“We are concerned about what this deal means to the future of the employee share purchase plan, which is uncertain at the moment,” said Rauenbusch. “As employees without a pension plan, many Cabin Crew members rely upon their shares for a dignified retirement. “

Rauenbusch said CUPE will attempt to resolve the employee shareholder issue in bargaining for a new collective agreement, which has been underway since April.

WestJet and WestJet Encore flight dispatchers reach tentative agreements

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CALGARY, May 7, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that tentative agreements have been reached between both WestJet and the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA) and WestJet Encore and CALDA.

“We are pleased that fair and balanced solutions have been reached between the company and both of our flight dispatch groups,” said Jeff Martin, WestJet Chief Operations Officer. “We thank WestJet and WestJet Encore CALDA leadership for their continued commitment and dedication to achieving agreements that benefit both of our valued flight dispatch groups and the company as a whole.”

“WestJet leadership recognizes that its flight dispatchers play an integral role in the safe operation of every WestJet flight,” said Justin Jones, WestJet CALDA Chair. “Working collaboratively through this process created an agreement that balances the needs of our membership while taking care of the business to ensure the company’s long-term success. On behalf of CALDA I would like to thank everyone that was a part of this process. We look forward to working together with the WestJet team to take care of our valued guests.”

“We extend our thanks to the WestJet leadership team for their diligence and dedication in reaching a collective agreement,” said Alexander Ritson, WestJet Encore, CALDA Chair. “WestJet Encore flight dispatchers make our company both safe and successful and this agreement invests in a team that proudly serves our guests and the company every day.”

The tentative agreements are subject to final ratification by the parties.

WestJet statement on certification of Encore cabin crew

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)/CNW

CALGARY, May 3, 2019 /CNW/ -WestJet today received a certification order from the Canadian Industrial Relations Board confirming the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) as the certified bargaining agent for WestJet Encore cabin crew members.

“WestJet respects the individual rights of our employees to choose their representation,” said Jeff Martin, WestJet Chief Operations Officer. “We will work jointly with CUPE to ensure we continue to deliver on our strategy of becoming a global network airline.”


CUPE cleared for takeoff to represent WestJet Encore flight attendants

OTTAWA, May 3, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has been certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent approximately 600 flight attendants at WestJet Encore. With the majority of Encore flight attendants having signed cards in support of unionization, CUPE filed an application for certification on April 11.

OTTAWA, May 3, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has been certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent approximately 600 flight attendants at WestJet Encore. With the majority of Encore flight attendants having signed cards in support of unionization, CUPE filed an application for certification on April 11.

“On behalf of all 680,000 CUPE members across Canada, it’s an honour to welcome WestJet Encore flight attendants into our CUPE family,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “CUPE is Canada’s flight attendant union, and we couldn’t be more excited to get to work building their union and bargaining a strong contract to make their jobs and lives better.”

CUPE has been working with WestJetters for the past year to deliver strong union representation for WestJet Mainline flight attendants, and the changes we have seen for these workers are dramatic.

CUPE unionized flight attendants at WestJet’s mainline carrier in July 2018. With the addition of Encore, CUPE now represents nearly 4,000 WestJet flight attendants, and over 15,000 flight attendants nationwide. This increases CUPE’s ability to address industry-wide issues facing all of Canada’s flight attendants.

CUPE’s efforts to unionize flight attendants at WestJet’s low-cost carrier, Swoop, are ongoing.

SOURCE Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

WestJet ratifies five-year agreement with WestJet Encore pilots

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CALGARY, May 2, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that 92 per cent of WestJet Encore pilots represented by the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) voted in favour of a five-year agreement. The vote represents 90 per cent of the 505 WestJet Encore pilots.

The agreement starts January 1, 2019 and expires on January 1, 2024.

“This agreement and outcome is beneficial for the long-term sustainability of WestJet, WestJet Encore pilots and all our WestJetters,” said John Aaron, Vice-President, Flight Operations and General Manager, WestJet Encore. “We thank ALPA and the ALPA Master Executive Council for their continued commitment and dedication to WestJet Encore pilots, and we’re pleased that by working together throughout this process we were able to solidify an agreement that is favourable to all parties.”

“Throughout negotiations, we continued to communicate with our pilots and their elected representatives, and made the best use of the vast ALPA resources to achieve our goal of getting a good first deal for our pilots,” said Capt. Ryan Petrie, WEN ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC) chairman. “This agreement represents a step in the right direction, bringing our pilot wages closer to levels more in line with our industry peers, along with enhancing our work rules and benefit structure.”

“This contract is thanks to the dedication and professionalism of our WestJet Encore negotiators and elected leadership, our pilots, and ALPA staff,” acknowledged Capt. Ryan Leier, WEN MEC vice chairman. “Thanks also goes to the airline management, and the mediator for their efforts in working with us to reach this agreement.”

Air Transat & Westjet Route Updates

News provided by RoutesOnline.com

Air Transat W19 A321neo LR Trans-Atlantic network as of 28APR19

By Jim Liu | Posted 29 April 2019

Air Transat in last week’s schedule update filed planned Airbus A321neo LR European service for winter 2019/20 season, from late-October 2019. Planned A321neo LR Trans-Atlantic routes and frequency as of 28 APR 19 as follows.

Toronto – Glasgow eff 30OCT19 2 weekly
Toronto – London Gatwick eff 22OCT19 1 daily
Toronto – Manchester eff 04NOV19 2 weekly
Toronto – Porto eff 03NOV19 1 weekly

Additional routes to be filed in the next few weeks. With the exception of Glasgow, winter operation for routes listed above is scheduled until 30 APR 20.


WestJet discontinues Halifax – Boston service in early-June 2019

By Jim Liu |Posted 29 April 2019

WestJet from early-June 2019 is discontinuing Halifax – Boston service, reflected in recent schedule update. This daily service operated by WestJet Encore Dash8-Q400 aircraft is now scheduled until 02 JUN 19.

WS3712 YHZ 1240 – 1332 BOS DH4 D
WS3713 BOS 1850 – 2134 YHZ DH4 D


No other information provided from source. Canadian Aviation News

WestJet touches down in Portland, Oregon

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Airline expands travel options between the Northwest U.S. and Western Canada

CALGARY, April 29, 2019 /CNW/ – Building on WestJet’s position as Calgary’s largest air carrier, the airline began its new nonstop flight between Portland International Airport (PDX) and Calgary International Airport (YYC) today. The new flight is the first-ever WestJet-scheduled service to and from Portland.

“This nonstop flight between Calgary and Portland is the latest example of WestJet’s investment in our home in Calgary,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “This new flight provides travellers in Western Canada and Northwestern U.S. more options to get to fantastic destinations for both business and leisure. We are thrilled to be part of strengthening these ties between two important locations.”

Portland International Airport

“WestJet’s new daily, nonstop air service between Calgary and Portland allows Canadians to gain easy access to the dynamic economy and scenic beauty that the Northwestern United States offers, either as a final destination or as a gateway to points beyond,” said Lucia C. Piazza, Consul General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.  “This new service will also allow Americans to explore Alberta and Western Canada’s beauty and commercial opportunities.”

“We’re excited to celebrate WestJet’s inaugural flight to PDX, offering our travellers another convenient route to Canada,” said David Zielke, Portland International Airport, Director of Air Service Development. “Both Calgary and Portland are cities with a range of fun outdoor activities and great food, providing unique connections between the two regions.”

WestJet’s nonstop flight to Calgary allows for convenient access to its western Canadian network where the airline will operate 145 daily flights from Calgary to 54 destinations including Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Saskatoon, Regina, Atlanta, Nashville, New York, London, Paris and Dublin.  WestJet operates more flights to more destinations from Calgary than any other airline.  WestJet’s codeshare partner, Delta, also offers travellers from Calgary the opportunity to connect to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Seattle and Salt Lake City International Airport out of Portland.

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – PortlandDaily10:30 a.m.11:17 a.m.April 29, 2019
Portland – CalgaryDaily12:10 p.m.2:57 p.m.April. 29, 2019

This summer, WestJet will operate over 740 daily flights in peak summer to 92 destinations including 42 in Canada, 23 in the United States, 28 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and five in Europe.

WestJet statement regarding the application for certification of WestJet Encore cabin crew

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CALGARY, April 12, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today issued the following statement from President and CEO Ed Sims regarding the application for certification of its WestJet Encore flight attendants by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

“We respect the individual rights of our employees to choose their representation. The caring and passionate nature of all employee groups will ensure we collectively deliver on our strategy of becoming a global network airline while keeping safety at the forefront.”