WestJet introduces new regional air service WestJet Link

WestJet Press Release | November 24, 2017

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WestJet has introduced WestJet Link, a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Pacific Coastal Airlines.

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WestJet Link will connect Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George to WestJet’-s rapidly expanding network hub at the YYC Calgary International Airport. WestJet Photo

Using Pacific Coastal Airlines’ aircraft painted in WestJet colours, WestJet Link will connect the communities of Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George to WestJet’s rapidly expanding network hub at YYC Calgary International Airport.

These new routes will add to WestJet’s existing leadership position in Calgary, offering more flights and seats to more destinations than any other airline.

All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft will include six seats available in WestJet Plus, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

Pacific Coastal Saab 340B aircraft rests on tarmac
WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Pacific Coastal Photo

“A CPA with Pacific Coastal underscores WestJet’s commitment to offering more Canadians access to WestJet’s low fares and growing network,” said Ed Sims, WestJet executive vice-president, Commercial.

“WestJet Link will be that connection to these communities and will offer more choice and more competition for air travellers, as well as more opportunities to earn and use WestJet Rewards.”

“All of us at Pacific Coastal Airlines are excited and proud to be entering this relationship with WestJet,” said Quentin Smith, president, Pacific Coastal Airlines. “Our two airlines, both based in Western Canada, share many similar corporate and guest service values and we feel that this CPA is a perfect partnership to link many new communities to the WestJet network.”

“This new partnership between WestJet and Pacific Coastal will allow smaller communities within Alberta and British Columbia to take advantage of YYC’s extensive route network,” said Bob Sartor, president and CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “Bringing in new passengers from these communities provides more opportunities to support additional long-haul destinations and contributes greatly to WestJet’s growth strategy out of YYC.”

“Having WestJet providing service from the Lloydminster Airport is a big win for our airport and our region,” said Wade Frasz, Lloydminster Airport manager. “We have a fantastic staff operating and maintaining this facility and it has long been our shared vision to attract an internationally esteemed carrier such as WestJet.”

“We are very excited to have non-stop service between Prince George and Calgary again with service provided by WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines, both Prince George Airport partners,” said John Gibson, president and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority. “Calgary is the number one unserved market requested by the greater Prince George community.”

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