WestJet on Monday (Feb. 5) announced a "significant increase" in coast-to-coast travel options with the initial release of its summer 2024 schedule.
The airline says it will introduce 10 new routes and return or extend 16 routes.
The full summer schedule will be completed over the coming week, the airline said.
"Our 2024 summer schedule continues to deliver on our commitment to make critical investments across Canada, providing more affordable options for Canadians and international visitors to connect with the people and places that matter the most," said John Weatherill, WestJet Group executive VP and CCO "This summer will see the return of seasonal, leisure-focused flying, to connect Eastern and Western Canada, and substantial growth in service to sun destinations, further cementing our position as Canada's leading leisure airline."
"At our global hub in Calgary and cities across the country, WestJet's schedule supports Canada's visitor economy with more than 75,000 seats arriving each week from Europe, Asia and the United States."
11 new routes
In addition to 15 new routes to and from Western Canada, this summer Eastern Canada will benefit from 11 new routes including:
- New direct seasonal service between Calgary and Deer Lake, Nfld.
- The return of seasonal non-stop service between Toronto and Deer Lake, Nfld., Moncton, N.B., Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Victoria, B.C.
- Return of transatlantic flying between Halifax and Dublin, Edinburgh and London, and St. John's and London (Gatwick)
- 44 per cent growth in Halifax, N.S. and 60 per cent growth in St. John's, Nfld. compared to Summer 2023
Leading in Leisure
The WestJet Group is also citing growth in capacity to popular sun destinations this summer.
- 57 per cent growth in Latin and Caribbean routes over summer 2023
- 56 per cent increase in capacity from Toronto to sun destinations
- More flights between Hawaii and Canada than any other airline, and the only airline providing year-round service between Canada and Maui-Kahului, from both Calgary and Vancouver
WestJet will also grow transborder seat capacity by 26 per cent this summer, including 70 per cent growth to Delta hubs.
Highlights of the transborder schedule include:
- New service between Regina and Minneapolis, Vancouver and Detroit and Edmonton and Atlanta
- Direct connectivity between Edmonton and San Francisco and Nashville
- Return of summer seasonal service between Halifax and St. John's to Orlando, Florida
- More direct flights to Phoenix and Las Vegas from Western Canada than any other airline
Through WestJet's codeshare partnership with Delta, guests can access more than 100 U.S. destinations when connecting through the U.S. airline's hubs in Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Seattle.
Summary of new markets:
|St. John's-London (LGW)