Penticton MLA Dan Ashton (right) and WestJet manager of public relations Robert Palmer (left) in the Calgary airport waiting for the inaugural flight from Calgary to Penticton to depart on Sunday

Penticton MLA Dan Ashton (right) and WestJet manager of public relations Robert Palmer (left) in the Calgary airport waiting for the inaugural flight from Calgary to Penticton to depart on Sunday

WestJet launches service between Calgary and Penticton

WestJet launched a new daily non-stop service between Calgary and Penticton on Sunday.

WestJet launched a new daily non-stop service between Calgary and Penticton on Sunday.

“We’re excited to be bringing our low fares and remarkable guest experience to the South Okanagan,” said Paul Harvalias, WestJet vice-president, revenue management. “With fares starting as low as $99 including taxes, fees and charges, we continue to liberate Canadians in smaller communities from the high cost of air travel.”

Penticton is WestJet’s 41st non-stop destination from Calgary International Airport. The airline’s average of 97 daily departures makes YYC its busiest Canadian airport. South Okanagan travellers will be able to connect via Calgary to and from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, WestJet’s most-popular U.S. destination, as well as Canadian destinations such as Victoria, Vancouver, Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.

“Whether it’s skiing and snowboarding through the champagne powder at Apex Mountain Resort in the winter or wakeboarding on Okanagan Lake in the summer, it truly is a community with year-round appeal and we’re pleased to be bringing visitors to the region to enjoy all it has to offer,” added Harvalias. “And of course, having dozens of wineries within a short drive makes the ‘aprés’ activities even more relaxing.”

Launched in June 2013, WestJet Encore now services 24 cities in seven provinces with 114 daily departures. In 2015, the regional airline will launch service to Quebec City, Quebec, and Fredericton, New Brunswick.