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Winter won't go away, but Winnipegers can

Announcing new service between the 'Peg and Fort Lauderdale

CALGARY, Nov. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Today WestJet launched new weekly, seasonal, non-stop service between Winnipeg and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Flights out of the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson Airport run every Saturday until April 25, 2015.

"Winnipeg is a keystone base where service has grown significantly across Canada and, with today's launch, into its fifth non-stop U.S. destination," said John Weatherill, Director, Schedule and Network Planning. "Manitobans love to escape the cold, and our new, non-stop service provides one more opportunity to head to the Sunshine State. The schedule is well-timed to allow those touring around Florida ample time to soak up some rays, or to connect to cruises at the many ports throughout the area."

"We are continuously working with our airline partners to improve services and to secure flights to destinations that are important to our travellers, so we are pleased that WestJet will now be offering direct flights to Fort Lauderdale," said Scott Marohn, Winnipeg Airports Authority's Director of Air Service and Product Development. "Fort Lauderdale is a popular destination for Manitobans in the winter, especially for those who make their winter homes in southern Florida, so it has been on our radar for some time. We know our customers will join us in thanking WestJet for making this new route a reality."

Details of WestJet's new weekly service are as follows:

Flight Departure Arrival Type
WS 1346 Winnipeg at 7:30 a.m. Fort Lauderdale at 12:40 p.m. Non-stop
WS 1347 Fort Lauderdale at 1:30 p.m. Winnipeg at 5:16 p.m. Non-stop

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