Penticton Western News

WestJet delays announcement on new service routes

WestJet has confirmed they will not be making an announcement about their new regional flights until February.

In November, WestJet said they planned on making the announcement of which communities their new regional carrier would land in on Jan. 21.

“That was a target date. We moved it to sometime in February. No firm date set,” said Robert Palmer, WestJet media representative, via email.

The City of Penticton has been lobbying WestJet to choose the city as one of the communities for its Encore service, with hopes of establishing flights to Calgary. Palmer had previously told the Western News that the communities that Encore will be flying out of would be announced in a news release sent out every January to announce the summer schedule. It is a release that they have traditionally done twice a year for almost 17 years.

“We certainly appreciate that there is a great deal of interest in this schedule in particular, but as with all schedule releases, we work to ensure everything is in place internally before we make them,” said Palmer. “To this end we often move the date internally as operational needs change.”

The City of Penticton has also approached Air Canada, who will be adding an extra flight to Vancouver in May, to launch a flight to Alberta. Mayor Dan Ashton went to Air Canada head offices in Montreal in early November to express the need for the service to Calgary.

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