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WestJet has announced that the airline will increase its capacity out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport by 40 per cent in 2017, with the return of non-stop service to Edmonton and Halifax and a new route to Winnipeg. Four-time weekly service to Edmonton returns Jan. 16 until Oct. 28. Daily service to Halifax returns Jan. 16 until Oct. 28. Three-time weekly service to Winnipeg starts Jan. 17 until Oct. 26.
“Our loyal guests in Hamilton have long asked for more destination options so we are delighted to bring back our successful Edmonton and Halifax routes as well as new addition, Winnipeg,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet vice-president, network planning, alliances and corporate development. “Besides adding access to WestJet flights to and from these four destinations, guests will also enjoy WestJet’s award-winning guest service and low fares. WestJet is extremely proud to once again offer our high-care service connecting communities and economies across the country.”
“We are pleased to hear that WestJet will be expanding its domestic service offerings from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport starting in 2017,” said Vijay Bathija, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, president and CEO. “These services will provide more options for passengers in Hamilton and the surrounding area seeking to experience the ease and convenience of flying from Hamilton International to a number of popular Canadian destinations.”
By January 2017, WestJet will be offering 27 weekly departures to seven non-stop destinations out of Hamilton to meet increasing guest demand.
“It’s great to see WestJet growing in our region once again following their successful expansion of air service last year,” said Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority president and CEO. “Providing our passengers with additional travel options remains one of our top priorities and we look forward to WestJet continuing to play a crucial role in achieving our objective.”
This winter WestJet will offer 19 daily flights on 15 routes from Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Year-over-year in January 2017, the airline will have added more than 15 per cent additional capacity out of Halifax.
“Today’s [Nov. 14] announcement is great news for our community as with increasing levels of connectivity more opportunities abound,” said Barry Rempel, president and CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority. “We are excited to be working with WestJet as they add routes to Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, providing more jobs and development potential for our city and province.”
With the addition of the non-stop Winnipeg/Hamilton route, WestJet will offer 25 daily flights on 20 non-stop routes from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
In addition, WestJet is now Edmonton International Airport’s largest air carrier with almost 75 per cent more seats than the next largest carrier. Overall, WestJet’s guests in Edmonton have a total of 55 daily departures to 28 different WestJet destinations to choose from.
All flights will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737NG aircraft featuring Plus, Canada’s only system-wide, premium economy seating, and WestJet Connect, WestJet’s inflight entertainment system connected directly to smartphone, tablet or computer. Almost 70 per cent of WestJet’s Boeing fleet is now equipped with WestJet Connect.
All flights provide WestJet Rewards members the opportunity to earn WestJet dollars to be used towards the payment of a WestJet-marketed flight or a WestJet Vacations package (excluding taxes, fees and charges).