WestJet Announces Huge Expansion

WestJet has announced a huge expansion of its international and domestic service in time for the Summer 2024 season.

WestJet has identified several markets that’ll be part of the airline’s 2024 summer schedule, with new and returning routes set to benefit Canadians.

The New & Returning Routes

WestJet has announced that Edmonton will see expansion with new services towards Atlanta, Nashville and San Fransico.

Calgary will likewise see three new locations added to the WestJet network in time for the summer schedule, with Seoul, Reykjavik and Deer Lake seeing service commencement.

Other notable inclusions include Halifax to Edinburgh, Vancouver to Detroit, St. John’s to London Gatwick and Regina to Minneapolis.

Ultimately, several of these routes have already been announced by the company; however, they will debut in the busy summer schedule for the first time.

Returning routes include a significant focus placed on Toronto, with Dublin, Edinburgh, and Moncton, among other locations, all returning for the Summer 2024 schedule.

Meanwhile, Halifax will have Dublin, London Gatwick and Orlando all returning for the season, too, as demand skyrockets in the region during this period.

Overall, connecting Canadians across the country will be more important than ever, with 15 new routes from the Western part of the country and 11 from the Eastern part.

Transborder Growth And Leisure Travel

WestJet says it’s Canada’s top choice for leisure travel and, as such, owes it to the population to offer greater capacity each year.

An increase in capacity can be reflected in new flights and routes, all with the goal of offering better destinations during a season when many will look to get away.

WestJet adds that it’ll see a 57% growth year over year in service to Latin America and the Caribbean, while Toronto will see a 56% rise in capacity to warm-weather destinations.

Additionally, there’ll be a seat capacity growth of 25% for transborder services, with a 70% growth towards Delta hubs. As part of the relationship with Delta, WestJet cites the ability to connect onwards to more cities thanks to the Delta network, whether regionally, domestically or internationally.

Comments From Executives

Our 2024 summer schedule continues to deliver on our commitment to make critical investments across Canada, providing more affordable options for Canadians and international visitors to connect with the people and places that matter the most. This summer will see the return of seasonal, leisure-focused flying, to connect Eastern and Western Canada, and substantial growth in service to sun destinations, further cementing our position as Canada’s leading leisure airline. At our global hub in Calgary and cities across the country, WestJet’s schedule supports Canada’s visitor economy with more than 75,000 seats arriving each week from Europe, Asia and the United States.

John Weatherill, WestJet Group Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer.
Daniel Fowkes
07 Feb 2024
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