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WestJet’s newest air service, WestJet Link is celebrating carrying more than 195,000 guests in its first year of operation between Calgary and five cities in British Columbia and Alberta.
Since its inception last June, WestJet Link has operated over 7,000 flights between WestJet’s home and largest hub in Calgary to Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Prince George. Guests from these areas have benefited from more choice, lower fares and better connectivity through the service.
“WestJet Link is working the way it was designed to give guests convenient access to the WestJet network along with a caring experience from start to finish,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet vice-president, Network Planning and Alliances. “We’re thrilled to celebrate its successful first year of service and thank our loyal guests in these communities for choosing WestJet Link to take them to Calgary or beyond. We look forward to operating many more flights together alongside our partners at Pacific Coastal.”
WestJet Link is operated through a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines using its fleet of WestJet-branded 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft includes six seats available in WestJet Premium, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.
“We are proud to operate these connecting flights under our capacity purchase agreement with WestJet and are excited to be celebrating the first anniversary,” said Quentin Smith, president of Pacific Coastal Airlines.
“Congratulations to WestJet Link and Pacific Coastal Airlines on a very successful first year of connecting more guests through YYC to their destination,” said Michael Hayward, vice-president, Marketing and Guest Experience, Calgary Airport Authority. “The frequency and comfort of the flights builds on the successful strategic relationship between WestJet and our airport.”
WestJet continues to offer more flights than any other airline to more destinations from Calgary with an average of 975 flights per week to 67 non-stop destinations.
“We are delighted that WestJet Link has been a success and continues to grow in our community,” said Lethbridge Mayor, Chris Spearman. “Air passenger traffic has increased by 80 per cent in the last 12 months and this is due in large part to the addition of services from WestJet Link. The Lethbridge Airport is an important economic driver for our region and we welcome the additional travel options our residents now have and appreciate WestJet as a key partner in the future success of our airport.”
“We are thrilled to celebrate with WestJet on their first anniversary in Medicine Hat,” said Ted Clugston, Mayor of the City of Medicine Hat. “The airline has provided numerous opportunities for our residents and the business community. WestJet has been a fantastic addition to our community. We are looking forward to many more years of service.”
“We are delighted with the service that WestJet Link has brought to our airport and region, and the exciting connections that our passengers can now make through WestJet’s Calgary hub,” said John Gibson, president and CEO of Prince George Airport.
“Since WestJet began serving the Kootenay Rockies Region at YXC one year ago, we’ve seen rapid acceleration toward our growth goals in tourism, business and economic development in general,” said Canadian Rockies International Airport manager, Tristen Chernove. “It’s been terrific to see how well utilized the service has been right from the start and we are very excited to see what the future brings as WestJet and the Kootenay Rockies reach toward their potential.”