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WestJet Encore soars eastward

Service launches from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay and Toronto

CALGARY, June 26, 2014 /CNW/ - WestJet Encore today launches twice-daily service between Winnipeg and Thunder Bay, Ontario and four-times-daily service between Thunder Bay and Toronto. These new routes connect established service in Western Canada with WestJet Encore's first two eastern destinations, while taking one step further to making the regional carrier's network a truly national endeavour.

"Connectivity, accessibility and choice are three key elements that are driving our growth," said Ferio Pugliese, President, WestJet Encore. "Thanks to the efforts of all the WestJetters involved in building WestJet Encore, and the many guests who have supported our growth over the past year, we have added service to new bases, and improved service in current bases. The arrival of WestJet Encore has lowered the cost of air travel in these communities. Guests originating in Thunder Bay or Winnipeg will now have greater access to more than 40 destinations and up to 700 connections per week through Toronto's Pearson International airport."

The growing number of regional destinations capably served by the speed, comfort and range of the growing fleet of WestJet Encore's 13 Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft has allowed for significant expansion in the first year. To book, visit

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We are proud to be Canada's most-preferred airline, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to more than 85 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 120 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit

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2014 Interbrand Canada's Best Canadian Brands (Rank #20)
2014 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Ipsos)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2014/2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2013 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)
2013 Gold Stevie Award Best Transportation Company (American Business Awards)
2013 Chairman's Circle Award: WestJet Vacations (CPSC)
2013 WestJet RBC MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (Money Sense magazine)

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