WestJet Bringing Back The Sun This Winter

WestJet will be bringing back the sun with the return of 17 sun routes to its network this winter.

The returning routes which were suspended for more than two years, bring enhanced connectivity and vacation options for Canadians and communities across the airline’s network.

John Weatherill, WestJet Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer, said that: “The restart of these routes is another positive step in the restoration our network as we solidify WestJet as the reliable, friendly and affordable airline we are known to be.”

Weatherill added: “We recognize the past three winters have been disruptive to our guests travel plans and we look forward to reconnecting Canadians to some of the warmer destinations they have missed the most.”

WestJet also announced new six-times weekly regional service between Penticton, B.C., and Vancouver beginning on Feb. 17, 2023 on WestJet Link along with the restart of domestic connectivity between Edmonton and Nanaimo, B.C.

Highlights from WestJet’s winter schedule release include:

Sun and Leisure, Transborder and Transatlantic:

  • Restart of 17 sun and leisure routes suspended since 2019
  • 45% increase to sun and leisure flights from winter 2021
  • 60% increase in transborder flights from winter 2021
  • 25% increase in transatlantic flights from winter 2021

WestJet’s investments in sun, transborder and leisure flying are growing across the country with:

* A 50% increase in flights from Central/Eastern Canada from winter 2021

* A 55% increase in flights from Western Canada from winter 2021


  • 65% increase in flights to/from Winnipeg (YWG) from winter 2021
  • 50% increase in flights to/from Edmonton (YEG) from winter 2021
  • 35% increase in flights to/from Vancouver (YVR) from winter 2021
  • 30% increase in flights to/from Calgary (YYC) from winter 2021
  • 10% increase in flights to/from Toronto (YYZ) from winter 2021


  • New domestic connection between Vancouver and Penticton, B.C., on WestJet Link
  • Restart of Edmonton-Nanaimo route suspended since 2019
  • 25% overall increase in flights network-wide domestically from winter 2021

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