WestJet has introduced two new destinations – Houston, Texas and Gander, Newfoundland – as part of its 2015 summer schedule release.
“We know that 2015 will be driven by competition on every level, and we are ready,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice-president, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience. “Houston and Gander will connect more people, more often, to established and emerging energy markets, and we continue to improve service for our growing number of business travellers. WestJet resumes service to Dublin and launches service to Glasgow this spring as we further build our European presence, while WestJet Encore now reaches across Canada with the routes announced today. We are an airline driving a very exciting evolution that will bring the strength of our low-cost, people-driven guest experience into more markets.”
Houston and Gander may seem like they sit on opposite ends of the spectrum, but the two destinations have more in common than expected. Houston is a big player in the global energy sector, making it a natural choice for new, non-stop jet service from Calgary. Gander is a small, but mighty town, now the third WestJet destination in the province, set to benefit from the growth of Newfoundland’s offshore oil boom and the established business-traveller market between Alberta and the “Rock.”
Service to Gander from Toronto and Halifax completes WestJet Encore’s progression across Canada – now operating coast-to-coast while bringing lower fares and better connections from British Columbia to Newfoundland.
WestJet launches its second year to Europe when flights resume between St. John’s and Dublin on May 1, and new flights between Halifax and Glasgow begin May 29. Halifax sees its largest increase in service beginning July 15, with new routes to Gander and Deer Lake, Newfoundland, and Sydney, Nova Scotia, as well as increased frequency to St. John’s, Ottawa and Toronto. New WestJet flights between Toronto and Gander begin May 3, a new WestJet Encore route between Ottawa and Moncton begins July 15, and service between Toronto and Fredericton, announced last July, begins April 15.
In addition to non-stop flights to Houston, growth in Western Canada includes new daily non-stop flights from Calgary to Yellowknife and Terrace, BC, launching May 3. WestJet Encore service between Edmonton and Kamloops, BC, announced early last year, is set to begin on Feb. 15.