The WestJet Group has announced its winter schedule, operating 230 direct routes from Canada to the southern US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America this winter, while also extending key domestic and international routes from summer to year-round service.
“This year’s winter schedule is about providing Canadians with what they want: affordable sun destination getaways from across Canada; enhanced domestic connectivity from coast-to-coast; and the assurance that some of our most popular routes, previously operated exclusively in the summer, are available year-round,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Group, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer.
Expansion of service to sun destinations
In alignment with WestJet’s growth strategy and providing more affordable leisure and sun travel opportunities, this winter the airline is increasing getaway opportunities with new service to some of WestJet’s most popular sun destinations. Featuring four new and four returning routes, WestJet’s winter schedule will see more than 85 daily departures on average to sun destinations from communities across Canada. Additionally, in response to high demand for travel to the popular beaches of Mexico, WestJet will serve as the airline providing the most flights to over 10 Mexican destinations from Canada this winter.
As part of its winter schedule, the airline also announced new non-stop seasonal service between Toronto and Bonaire, beginning December 12, 2023. With the inclusion of Bonaire to its network, WestJet continues to enhance its capacity and commitment to the Greater Toronto Area.
Due to exceptional demand, WestJet is extending key routes, highly utilized by passengers this summer, to operate year-round.
Through WestJet’s codeshare partnerships, guests connecting through Paris, Atlanta or Minneapolis will arrive in Air France’s or Delta’s major hubs, respectively, gaining access to a vast network of European and US destinations on a single purchased ticket.
Jet from East-to-West and everywhere in between
In line with the airline’s growth plan, which aims to continuously expand options to ensure guests can seamlessly travel from coast to coast, WestJet is extending two more key domestic routes from Calgary to Moncton and St. John’s respectively, from summer to year-round service.
“We are more committed than ever to building on our momentum, strengthening Canada’s east to west connectivity year-round,” said Weatherill. “Strong connections fostered between Eastern and Western Canada are essential to the communities we serve and bolstering business and tourism opportunities throughout our country.”
WestJet Group capacity
As an integral part of the WestJet Group, Sunwing Airlines, is further bolstering leisure and sun flying options across the country. Together as the WestJet Group, WestJet and Sunwing Airlines will provide more seats than any other Canadian airline, across 230 nonstop routes from 26 Canadian communities to 55 popular sun destinations in the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America this winter.
Through its recently published winter schedule, Sunwing continues to demonstrate a strong focus on the leisure brand’s eastern roots, increasing their capacity in Atlantic Canada by 26 percent, Quebec by 15 percent and Ontario by 9 percent, when compared to 2022.
“As we work towards our eventual airline integration, the complementary winter schedules of both WestJet and Sunwing Airlines demonstrate early signs of a vibrant future for the WestJet Group that will see a significantly expanded footprint in Eastern Canada and bring even more affordable and seamless sun and leisure travel opportunities to Canadians across the country,” concluded Weatherill.
First published at Travel Industry Today