WestJet launches new Atlantic services today

Airline's regional arm WestJet Encore connects more cities

CALGARY, July 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Today WestJet will launch new daily non-stop flights from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to Deer Lake and Gander, Newfoundland, and Sydney, Nova Scotia, on board WestJet Encore's fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The airline will also inaugurate new daily non-stop service between Moncton, New Brunswick, and Ottawa.

"These new flights represent our continuing commitment to expand WestJet service to smaller-sized cities from coast to coast, offering Canadians lower airfares, more choice and greater connectivity to our growing domestic, transborder and international networks," said Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. "In fact, our new flights to and from Halifax represent the single largest increase in service since we began serving the city in 2003. With its fleet of 78-seat turboprop aircraft, WestJet is uniquely positioned to serve new cities and routes, and increase frequencies to existing communities."

Details of new service launching from Halifax and Moncton today:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Halifax  ̶  Deer Lake Daily 7:40 a.m. 9:46 a.m. July 15, 2015
Deer Lake - Halifax Daily 10:20 a.m. 11:38 a.m. July 15, 2015
Halifax  ̶  Sydney Daily 12:35 p.m. 1:30 p.m. July 15, 2015
Sydney - Halifax Daily 2 p.m. 2:57 p.m. July 15, 2015
Halifax  ̶  Gander Daily 8:50 p.m. 11:03 p.m. July 15, 2015
Gander - Halifax Daily 5:25 a.m. 6:54 a.m. July 16, 2015
Ottawa - Moncton Daily 2:35 p.m. 5:26 p.m. July 15, 2015
Moncton  ̶  Ottawa Daily 6 p.m. 7:07 p.m. July 15, 2015

Effective today, WestJet will also increase frequency between Halifax and St. John's from twice to three times daily, and between Halifax and Ottawa from once to twice daily.

"Today, as we welcome WestJet Encore to Halifax Stanfield, we mark another air service milestone for our community," said Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President and CEO. "This new service strengthens the connections within Atlantic Canada and beyond, providing travellers with more options than ever before, and demonstrates WestJet's confidence in Halifax and all of Atlantic Canada."

Members of WestJet Rewards have the opportunity to earn extra WestJet dollars this summer when flying from Halifax, Sydney, Gander, Deer Lake, Moncton, Ottawa and Toronto. For more information, please visit westjet.com.

New WestJet routes launched in 2015 include Edmonton-Kamloops, Toronto-Fredericton, Toronto-Gander, Calgary-Terrace, Calgary-Yellowknife, Calgary-Loreto and Halifax-Glasgow. New daily non-stop service between Calgary and Houston begins September 8, 2015, while new twice-weekly service between Abbotsford and Las Vegas launches October 29, 2015.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's most-preferred airline, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to more than 90 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 120 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes:
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)
2014 Interbrand Canada's Best Canadian Brands (Rank #20)
2014 Brands of the Year (Strategy magazine)
2014 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Ipsos)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2014/2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2014/2013 WestJet RBC MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (Money Sense magazine and RewardsCanada.ca
2014/2013/2012/2011 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)

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