CALGARY, June 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, WestJet becomes the only Canadian carrier to serve Halifax non-stop from Vancouver and Winnipeg. The inaugural flight from Vancouver to Halifax launches today and flights from Winnipeg to Halifax begin July 2, 2016. Both of these seasonal, direct flights have been timed to connect conveniently to WestJet's Halifax and Vancouver hubs from its extensive domestic network.
"We're proud to be the only carrier in Canada offering travellers in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Halifax these convenient options for travel this summer," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. "The Vancouver to Halifax flights as well as the additional capacity we bring out of Winnipeg will benefit both our business and our leisure guests. Just ahead of Canada Day, WestJet is extremely proud to once again offer our low-fare, high-care service to connect communities and economies across the country."
"We are delighted WestJet has added new non-stop seasonal service to Winnipeg and Vancouver," said Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President and CEO. "We are confident business and leisure travellers in all three cities will welcome this convenient access. The Halifax-Vancouver service is currently the longest non-stop domestic route in Canada. We congratulate WestJet once again for increasing service here at Halifax Stanfield and demonstrating their confidence in our region."
WestJet now offers 23 daily flights on 13 routes from Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Since 2005, the airline has accounted for almost 90 per cent of the capacity growth out of Halifax.
Overall, WestJet's guests in Atlantic Canada have a total of 34 non-stop routes and 24 different WestJet destinations to choose from. WestJet has tripled its capacity out of this region in the last 10 years and now accounts for 75 per cent of the capacity growth of all of the airlines that serve the Atlantic provinces.
"We're thrilled to welcome this new, non-stop service between Vancouver and Halifax – the only flight between these two great summer destinations," said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "In addition to local traffic, WestJet travellers can connect to or from the airline's extensive west coast network or onto flights operated by 14 of WestJet's codeshare partners – all under the same terminal roof. With this new WestJet flight, YVR instantly becomes the most convenient connecting hub between Halifax and the Asia-Pacific region."
WestJet now offers 65 daily flights on 35 non-stop routes from Vancouver International Airport to 100 WestJet destinations. Overall, WestJet has increased its capacity in the region by more than 80 per cent in the last 10 years and now accounts for 26 per cent of the capacity growth of all airlines that service the Vancouver International Airport.
"Providing our community with convenient travel across a range of desired destinations serves their needs and is an ongoing priority for us," said Pascal Bélanger, Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer of Winnipeg Airports Authority. "Not only will Haligonians be able to explore our culture-rich community because of this direct non-stop route, but travellers from our region will also have a relaxing journey to one of Canada's most beautiful cities."
By mid-summer, WestJet will offer 30 daily flights on 21 non-stop routes from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
Details of new service:
Vancouver – Halifax
Four times weekly
6:34 a.m. +1
June 29 – September 3, 2016
Halifax – Vancouver
Four times weekly
June 30 – September 4, 2016
Winnipeg – Halifax
Four times weekly
July 2 – September 6, 2016
Four times weekly
July 1 – September 5, 2016
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