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WestJet Adds New Summer 2024 Routes
The low cost carrier will grow its portfolio across Western Canada and the U.S.
WestJet has announced four new routes for its Summer 2024 schedule. The Canadian budget carrier says it is enhancing connectivity into Delta’s network while also bolstering flights on the West Coast. The new service includes flights between Edmonton and Atlanta, Edmonton and Nashville, Edmonton and San Francisco, along with Vancouver and Detroit.
From Edmonton, WestJet plans to serve San Francisco five times per week and Nashville two times weekly. The airline’s new Edmonton-Atlanta and Vancouver-Detroit routes will be daily beginning in late April. According to the carrier, Edmonton-Atlanta will be the only one of the newly-announced routes to be year-round service with the other additions being only seasonal.
WestJet will be operating flights on these routes using its fleet of Boeing 737 series aircraft.
“We are thrilled to be expanding transborder connectivity from Edmonton and Vancouver, providing Western Canadians with an abundance of opportunity to fulfill their diverse travel needs,” shared John Weatherill, WestJet Group Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer in a press release. “Strong connections fostered between Canada and the United States are essential to WestJet’s growth plan and to the communities we serve as we significantly bolster options for leisure guests, business travel and cargo services.”
Shifting Network Strategies
With some recent network shake-ups, WestJet has been moving some of its narrowbody aircraft out of Eastern Canada. The airline just recently stopped flying one of the nation’s busiest air corridors.
As routes watchdog Enilria points out, WestJet’s additional service between Vancouver and Detroit is likely to replace Delta’s previous service, which ended in August 2019, according to Cirium Diio data.
WestJet’s new routes are part of the airline’s broader growth strategy, which includes expanding its network and increasing its frequency of service on existing routes. In recent months, WestJet has also announced new service to international destinations such as Vancouver to Tokyo Narita.
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