Passengers on WestJet first flight from Calgary to Prince George, were welcomed on arrival in Prince George with a magnificent cake and cowboy hats on 27 April. The new service will be operated daily until 25 October.
The same day, Calgary Airport marked the inaugural flight of WestJet to New York JFK with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
- WestJet, the Canadian low-cost carrier, expanded its seasonal offering with two new services from Calgary (YYC), both launched on 27 April and operated by the airline’s 119-seat 737-600s. With the longest sector being the 3,285-kilometre service to New York JFK, NY (JFK), and the shortest being inaugurated to Prince George (YXS) at 663-kilometre, both seasonal services are operated daily until 25 October. WestJet will face direct competition only on the domestic link to Prince George from Central Mountain Air’s six weekly operations. Furthermore, the service to the USA was switched from New York Newark. Commenting on the route launches, John Weatherill, Director Network and Schedule Planning, WestJet, said: "John F. Kennedy International Airport is the busiest international passenger gateway in the United States and a hub for our US partners, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. With our WestJet code on some 17 flights from JFK, this new daily non-stop service from Calgary offers Canadians low fares and our remarkable guest experience to even more destinations around the world." In addition, he also added: "Prince George is one of WestJet's early destinations and we are very grateful for the strong support of northern British Columbians over the past 15 years. Residents have asked for additional service and starting today, our guests will have the opportunity to take an early morning, 90 minute flight to Calgary and connect to 27 destinations throughout the WestJet world. Whether heading south for a business meeting or a week-long vacation, we're very pleased to offer our Prince George guests more connectivity than ever before."