Passengers will have more flight options between Vancouver Island and Western Canadian cities beginning in June.
In a press release, WestJet announced direct flights on Fridays and Sundays, between Nanaimo and Edmonton and Prince George and Abbotsford, would begin June 25. They would be among 11 new domestic routes servicing Western Canada, the press release said.
In addition, service between Kelowna-Saskatoon, Kelowna-Regina, Saskatoon-Victoria, Edmonton-Kamloops, Edmonton-Penticton (on Thursdays and Sundays) and Winnipeg-Victoria (on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays) begins June 24.
Flights between Ottawa and Victoria, and Toronto and Comox (on Saturdays) will begin June 26.
The Western Canadian announcement comes after WestJet said, earlier this week, that service between Atlantic Canada and Quebec City would resume.
“As we look to the coming months with cautious optimism, we know our restart agenda will be pivotal to Canada’s economic recovery,” said Ed Sims, WestJet president and CEO, in a written statement. “Stimulating air travel benefits all Canadians and supports those hardest hit; with one in every 10 Canadian jobs tied to travel and tourism, the ripple effect benefits our whole country.”
As we plan for the coming months, our restart agenda will be pivotal to Canadaâs economic recovery. Our President and CEO, Ed Sims, is sharing the cautious optimism weâre feeling as we look ahead, and why the best of #WestJet is still to come. pic.twitter.com/7G3bKHgwTi
— WestJet (@WestJet) March 26, 2021