WestJet announces scheduled service to Cuba

Airline moves from charter to scheduled service on April 1

CALGARY, March 31 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced it will fly between Toronto and Varadero, Cayo Coco and Holguin, Cuba, on a scheduled basis effective April 1, 2010. WestJet has served the three destinations on a charter basis since November 2009.

"The response to our WestJet Vacations' charters has been tremendous," said Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet Executive Vice-President of Strategy and Planning. "Now, by offering scheduled service to Cuba, our guests can book a flight directly on westjet.com, through their preferred travel agent or by calling our Sales Super Centre."

"Scheduled WestJet flights are offered to 36 popular sun destinations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, each with customized vacation packages available through WestJet Vacations," Hugh Dunleavy adds. "This venture proved to be a popular choice with the Canadian travelling public and shows great potential for WestJet's continued growth in those sun spot markets."

The details of WestJet's new scheduled service to Cuba are as follows:

    
    Toronto - Varadero (winter and summer)
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      Flight             Departure   Arrival      Days       Service dates
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    Toronto - Varadero   10 a.m.     1:30 p.m.   Tuesday,   April 1-29, 2010
                                                 Thursday,
                                                 Sunday
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    Varadero - Toronto   2:30 p.m.   5:54 p.m.   Tuesday,   April 1-29, 2010
                                                 Thursday,
                                                 Sunday
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    Toronto - Varadero   10 a.m.     1:25 p.m.   Wednesday,   May 2-October
                                                 Saturday      30, 2010
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    Varadero - Toronto   2:25 p.m.   5:51 p.m.   Wednesday,   May 2-October
                                                 Saturday      30, 2010
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    Toronto - Cayo Coco (winter and summer)
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      Flight             Departure   Arrival      Days       Service dates
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    Toronto - Cayo Coco  10:05 a.m.  1:45 p.m.   Wednesday,   April 3-May
                                                 Saturday      1, 2010
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    Cayo Coco - Toronto  2:45 p.m.   6:14 p.m.   Wednesday,   April 3-May
                                                 Saturday      1, 2010
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    Toronto - Cayo Coco  10:15 a.m.  1:45 p.m.   Wednesday    May 8-October
                                                               30, 2010
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    Cayo Coco - Toronto  2:45 p.m.   6:18 p.m.   Wednesday    May 8-October
                                                               30, 2010
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    Toronto - Holguin (winter only)
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      Flight             Departure   Arrival      Days       Service dates
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    Toronto - Holguin    11:35 a.m.  3:25 p.m.    Friday      April 2-May
                                                               1, 2010
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    Holguin - Toronto    4:25 p.m.   8:14 p.m.    Friday      April 2-May
                                                               1, 2010
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Starting April 1, 2010, one-way fares to Cuba on the new scheduled service, available in both directions on non-stop flights only, are available from $179, plus applicable taxes and fees. Fares are available by calling WestJet's Sales Super Centre at 1-888-WESTJET (937-8538), your preferred travel agent or by visiting westjet.com.

After scheduled service begins on April 1, WestJet Vacations will continue to offer customized vacation packages to Cuba starting at $689, plus applicable fees and taxes, for a seven-night stay. For more information, visit westjetvacations.com.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 69-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, 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 88 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 47 aircraft through 2016, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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SOURCE WestJet

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Robert Palmer, Media Relations, telephone: 1-888-WJ 4 NEWS (1-888-954-6397), email: ropalmer@westjet.com


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