WestJet Encore expands connections in north-west Canada
WestJet Encore increased its offering in Canada on 25 November with two new routes from Vancouver (YVR). The regional subsidiary airline of WestJet introduced a daily service to Kamloops (YKA) and twice-daily flights to Terrace (YXT), both utilising its Q400s. Having begun operations in June, and with Terrace welcoming its first flight from the LCC, WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky said: “We are very pleased with the overwhelming community support WestJet Encore has received, as we give even more Canadians access to lower fares, stimulate demand in smaller communities, and repeat WestJet’s success in the regional space.” The carrier faces direct competition on both routes. On the Kamloops sector this comes from Central Mountain Air (weekly) and Air Canada (47 weekly), with the same two carriers providing the competition to Terrace, with 18 times weekly and 27 times weekly respectively, in addition to Hawkair Aviation Services (24 weekly), which also serves this connection.