On 12 May, Kelowna Airport celebrated the arrival of WestJet Encore’s daily flights from Fort McMurray. Boarding the first flight are (left to right): Sam Samaddar, Director, Kelowna; Anita Sthankiya, Journalist, KelownaNow; and John Weatherill, Director Network and Schedule Planning, WestJet.
The inaugural flight was celebrated at Fort McMurray Airport as well. The new airport pair will be operated by WestJet Encore’s Q400s.
- WestJet Encore, the Canadian regional operator, expanded its domestic offering with the addition of two new services during the course of last week, both of which were launched from Fort McMurray (YMM) in the province of Alberta on 12 May and will be operated daily by its 78-seat Q400s. With the longest route being the 1,154-kilometre sector to Vancouver (YVR), and the shortest being inaugurated to Kelowna (YLW) at 921 kilometres, the carrier will face competition only on the link to Vancouver from Jazz Air’s 18 weekly operations. Commenting on the route launch to Kelowna, John Weatherill, Director Network and Schedule Planning, WestJet, said: “We know the connection for commuters is a strong one, but this new service will also benefit tourism in the valley. We hope to see residents of Northern Alberta take advantage of the many beautiful attractions and vacation opportunities throughout the Okanagan.” WestJet Encore’s parent company is examined in more detail in this week’s airline analysis.