WestJet adds new routes, expands service on 19 others

Airline unveils new schedule for the summer of 2010

CALGARY, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - WestJet today unveiled its flight schedule for the summer of 2010, featuring five new routes and expanded service on 19 trans-border and international routes.

The summer schedule also includes new non-stop service between Vancouver and Kitchener-Waterloo, Vancouver and San Francisco, Edmonton and Kamloops, Edmonton and San Francisco, and Toronto and Puerto Vallarta.

Five Canadian cities will see seasonal routes become year-round, including:

    
    -   Vancouver to Los Angeles, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun
    -   Edmonton to Cancun
    -   Calgary to Phoenix, Palm Springs and Cancun
    -   Toronto to Atlantic City, Miami, Puerto Plata, Bridgetown, Cayo Coco,
        Varadero, Turks and Caicos, St. Maarten, St. Lucia and Cancun
    -   Montreal to Las Vegas and Cancun
    

"This is a strategic expansion of new routes within our network and an extension of flight offerings to some of our key winter routes that remain popular destinations through the summer season," said Dr. Hugh Dunleavy, Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Planning. "This schedule also demonstrates our strong commitment to take Canadians where they want to go, when they want to go. Now, our guests will have the opportunity to visit more of their favourite destinations on a year-round basis."

The following is a list of WestJet's new routes for the summer of 2010:

    
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      Route         Start Date   Frequency     Days          Arr/Dep Times
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    Vancouver -
    Kitchener-
    Waterloo
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                4:30 p.m./11:42 p.m.
    starting at    June 27/28,                                  Return
    $189              2010        Daily                     7 a.m./8:59 a.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver -
    San Francisco
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                8:15 a.m./10:28 a.m.
    starting at     June 28,                                    Return
    $129              2010        Daily                  11:15 a.m./1:24 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton -
    Kamloops
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                    Tuesday,     4:30 p.m./4:41 p.m.
    starting at      May 2,    Three times   Thursday,          Return
    $79               2010       weekly      Sunday       5:15 p.m./7:18 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton -
    San Francisco
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                    Tuesday,   10:25 a.m./12:29 p.m.
    starting at      May 2,    Three times   Thursday,          Return
    $119              2010       weekly      Sunday        1:15 p.m./5 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto -
    Puerto Vallarta
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                10:15 a.m./2:13 p.m.
    starting at      May 7,       Once                          Return
    $179              2010       weekly      Friday         3:05 p.m./9 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

Note that fares quoted do not include applicable fees, taxes and surcharges

WestJet's summer schedule also includes the expansion of 18 routes from seasonal to year-round service:

    
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      Route         Start Date   Frequency     Days          Arr/Dep Times
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver -
    Los Angeles
    Introductory                                            Outbound(s) dep.
    fares                                                  8:30 a.m. & 4 p.m.
    starting at      June 1,      Twice                      Return(s) dep.
    $129              2010        daily                   12 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver -
    Puerto Vallarta
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                 9:30 a.m./4:21 p.m.
    starting at      May 8,       Once                          Return
    $179              2010       weekly      Saturday     5:15 p.m./8:13 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver -
    Cancun
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                 9:30 a.m./5:19 p.m.
    starting at      May 8,       Once                          Return
    $199              2010       weekly      Saturday     1:05 p.m./5:20 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton -
    Cancun
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                   7 a.m./1:33 p.m.
    starting at      May 2,       Once                          Return
    $199              2010       weekly      Sunday       2:15 p.m./7:12 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Calgary -
    Phoenix
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                         Three      Monday,    10:35 a.m./12:30 p.m.
    starting at     June 2,       times     Wednesday,          Return
    $119             2010        weekly      Friday       1:10 p.m./5:10 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Calgary -
    Palm Springs
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                               10:30 a.m./12:28 p.m.
    starting at     June 3,       Twice     Thursday,           Return
    $119             2010        weekly      Sunday       1:15 p.m./5:13 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Calgary -
    Cancun
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                10:30 a.m./4:50 p.m.
    starting at     May 5,        Twice     Wednesday,          Return
    $199             2010        weekly     Saturday        4 p.m./8:47 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto -
    Atlantic City
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                 7:15 p.m./8:44 p.m.
    starting at     May 2,                                      Return
    $38              2010         Daily                  9:30 p.m./11:01 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto -
    Miami
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                10:45 a.m./1:57 p.m.
    starting at     May 2,                                      Return
    $119             2010         Daily                   2:45 p.m./5:52 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto -
    Cancun
    Introductory
    fares                                    Tuesday,           Please see
    starting at     May 2,     Three times   Saturday,          westjet.com
    $149             2010        weekly      Sunday          for flight times
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto -
    Bridgetown                               Monday,
    Introductory                             Tuesday,          Outbound
    fares                                    Wednesday,   9:15 a.m./2:38 p.m.
    starting at     May 3,     Five times    Friday,            Return
    $179             2010       weekly       Saturday     3:30 p.m./9:06 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto -
    Puerto Plata
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                   10 a.m./2:13 p.m.
    starting at     May 7,        Once                           Return
    $159             2010        weekly      Friday          3 p.m./7:32 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto -
    Cayo Coco
    Operated by
    WestJet on
    behalf of
    WestJet
    Vacations;
    visit
    westjetvacations.com
    for packages                                               Outbound
    starting at                                          10:15 a.m./1:45 p.m.
    $649 per        May 8,       Once                           Return
    person)          2010       weekly       Saturday     2:45 p.m./6:16 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto -
    Varadero
    Operated by
    WestJet on
    behalf of
    WestJet
    Vacations;
    visit
    westjetvacations.com
    for packages                                               Outbound
    starting at                                             10 a.m./1:25 p.m.
    $599 per        May 5,        Twice      Wednesday,         Return
    person)          2010        weekly      Saturday     2:25 p.m./5:51 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto -
    St. Lucia
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                 9:15 a.m./2:33 p.m.
    starting at     May 2,        Twice      Thursday,          Return
    $179             2010        weekly      Sunday         3:30 p.m./9 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto -
    Providenciales,
    Turks and
    Caicos
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                   10 a.m./1:45 p.m.
    starting at     May 8,        Once                          Return
    $159             2010       weekly       Saturday     2:35 p.m./6:27 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto -
    St. Maarten
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                    10:15/2:52 p.m.
    starting at     May 2,       Once                           Return
    $169             2010      weekly        Sunday       3:45 p.m./8:38 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Montreal -
    Las Vegas
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                               11:45 a.m./2:10 p.m.
    starting at     May 2,     Twice         Thursday,          Return
    $159             2010     weekly         Sunday       3 p.m./10:55 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Montreal -
    Cancun
    Introductory                                               Outbound
    fares                                                11:40 a.m./3:10 p.m.
    starting at     May 5,     Twice         Wednesday,         Return
    $149             2010     weekly         Saturday    5:45 p.m./11:04 p.m.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

Note that fares quoted do not include applicable fees, taxes and surcharges

Since its launch in 2006, WestJet Vacations has become a trusted and preferred travel provider for Canadian vacationers. With combined air and hotel packages to WestJet's destinations, guests can expect the same caring and friendly service that WestJet's reputation is built on, as well as quality products and services, value for your dollar and a brand you can trust. With packages ranging to every type of holiday: a family vacation in Disneyworld, a sunny getaway to the beaches of Mexico or the Caribbean, a stop in each of California's hotspots, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and San Diego or an adventure in this great nation of ours, from Victoria all the way to Prince Edward Island. For more information, visit westjetvacations.com, call our vacation sales centre at 1-800-737-7001 or contact your favourite travel agent.

"WestJet guests love the choices of great properties and activities in all of our WestJet Vacation destinations," said Chris Avery, Vice-President, WestJet Vacations. "And with our expanded summer schedule of added flights, new routes and destinations, why not start planning your 2010 summer vacation now?"

WestJet's newest destination is Bermuda, announced last month, with daily service beginning May 3, 2010, and running seasonally until October 30, 2010. Details on flight times, days of the week and fares, will be available early in the New Year, subject to applicable regulatory approvals.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 67-city North American and Caribbean network. Named one of Canada's most admired corporate cultures in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 85 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 50 aircraft through 2016, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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About WestJet Vacations

WestJet Vacations provides guests with affordable, reliable and easy to book travel experiences to destinations in Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Leveraging WestJet's fun and friendly image, extensive network and world-class guest experience, WestJet Vacations offers guests a personalized, once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience. For more information, visit westjetvacations.com

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