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WestJet forecasts more sun for more Canadians this winter

Airline's winter schedule includes new non-stop routes
and new service to San Juan, Puerto Rico

CALGARY, July 20, 2011 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced it will begin additional service to sun destinations from Kelowna, Victoria, Winnipeg, London and Thunder Bay as part of its winter 2011-2012 flight schedule. The additional service represents significant growth to a number of popular U.S. and international destinations.

"This winter schedule represents growth in key areas within our domestic, transborder and international networks," said Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Planning. "For business travellers, we are offering more value and more options this winter in both Central and Western Canada. And for leisure travellers, we are providing more Canadian gateways to sun destinations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Overall, this is a balanced, strategic approach to growth across our three networks."

Details of WestJet's new non-stop seasonal routes:

Route Dates Frequency Days
Kelowna - Phoenix
Fares starting at $189
October 31,
Weekly Monday
Victoria - Phoenix
Fares starting at $189
November 4,
Weekly Friday
Winnipeg - Palm Springs
Fares starting at $219
December 15,
Twice weekly Thursday and
London, ON - Las Vegas
Fares starting at $179
October 30,
Twice weekly Thursday and
London, ON - Cancun
Fares starting at $159
November 5,
(Twice weekly effective
December 14)
(plus Wednesday)
Thunder Bay - Montego Bay
Fares starting at $189
November 5,
Weekly Saturday

Note: Fares quoted do not include applicable taxes and fees

The airline also announced it will launch new non-stop seasonal flights between Toronto and San Juan, Puerto Rico, twice weekly on Saturday and Sunday, effective November 5, 2011. One-way fares begin at $189 plus applicable taxes and fees.

With increased service to sun destinations this winter, WestJet Vacations offers convenient and affordable vacation packages with an extensive choice of great destinations, resorts and hotels in 12 countries. To celebrate the launch of the winter schedule, guests who book WestJet Vacations packages before August 14, 2011, will receive an early booking bonus of 25 per cent off their next WestJet flight. For more information on this and other great offers, please visit

WestJet also announced today it will resume its non-stop seasonal service this winter to Hawaii from Calgary and Edmonton, with details to be announced at a later date.

Overall, WestJet's winter schedule also represents significant growth in a number of important U.S. and international markets. The airline will increase service to Cancun from 42 to 50 flights per week with improved connections from western Canadian gateways. Service to Phoenix increases from 33 to 43 flights per week, and to Palm Springs from 25 to 32 flights per week, including for the first time an evening flight between Calgary and Palm Springs. WestJet will also increase service to both Kona and Lihue, Hawaii, from two to three times weekly.

WestJet's successful eastern triangle initiative will also continue through the winter. Business travellers can look forward to the continuation of 10 flights daily between Toronto and Montreal and nine flights daily between Toronto and Ottawa, backed by WestJet's on-time service promise and affordable fares.

WestJet has also increased service between Edmonton and Calgary from five to seven flights daily, and will increase service between Vancouver and Toronto for the winter from five to six flights daily, effective October 31, 2011.

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 44 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


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