WestJet launches new seasonal service between Toronto and San Juan, Puerto Rico

CALGARY, Nov. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - WestJet today launches its new twice-weekly seasonal service from Toronto to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The inaugural flight departs today at 9:10 a.m. ET from Toronto Pearson International Airport's Terminal 3.

Service between Toronto and San Juan, Puerto Rico will operate Saturdays and Sundays from November 5, 2011, to April 28, 2012. One-way fares for this service are available from as low as $269 plus applicable taxes and fees. This service connects to most of WestJet's Canadian cities and daily code-share service to San Juan via Miami is also available.

"We are very excited to be launching non-stop seasonal service to Puerto Rico," said John MacLeod, WestJet Vice-President, Network Management and Alliances. "San Juan is known as one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the world as well as for its own distinct charm and hospitality. We look forward to offering our guests the opportunity to travel to our 17th Caribbean destination."

"We are always pleased when our airline partners offer new and exciting offerings for guests in Toronto," said Pamela Griffith-Jones, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, operator of Toronto Pearson.  "We are sure that our guests will love the opportunity to explore the beautiful and historic city of San Juan with this new service by WestJet."

"Developing air access to Puerto Rico is essential for our economy," said José R. Pérez-Riera, Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce of Puerto Rico. "In the last two years we have been able to attract three new airlines to serve Puerto Rico, and we have the honour now of welcoming WestJet. The new Toronto-San Juan flight that WestJet is establishing in Puerto Rico is estimated to have an economic impact of $6.8M."

"It's a pleasure to welcome WestJet to Puerto Rico," said Mario González Lafuente, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. "Securing non-stop air access to the Canadian market has been a priority of our administration for its positive impact in the tourism industry. Canadian travelers represent 18.5 per cent of our international hotel registrations. In collaboration with WestJet Vacations, we are working on packages tailored to the needs and likes of that market."

WestJet Vacations has a full range of convenient and affordable vacation packages to San Juan, featuring six nights' accommodation, including round-trip airfare, starting at $999 plus applicable taxes and fees. For more information, visit www.westjetvacations.com, call 1-877-737-7001 or contact your preferred travel agent.

About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 71-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 96 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 39 aircraft through 2018, 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 45 destinations in 12 countries, including 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 great flight schedule and a wide variety of hotel and resort options to create fun and affordable vacation experiences. For more information, visit www.westjetvacations.com.

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