On 26 October, WestJet Encore touched down at Penticton, the city located in the Okanagan Valley of the Southern Interior of British Columbia, with daily flights from Calgary. More than 100 people filled the airport, including current and hopeful councillors, to see WestJet Encore’s Q400 land 16 minutes ahead of schedule.
- WestJet Encore, the Canadian regional operator, expanded its domestic offering from Calgary (YYC) on 26 October, when it launched two new services to Penticton (YYF) and Prince George (YXS). While both services are operated daily utilising the carrier’s 78-seat Q400s, WestJet Encore will face competition only on the 663-kilometre route to Prince George, the “Northern Capital” of British Columbia, from Central Mountain Air’s six weekly services. Commenting on the route launch to Penticton, Ferio Pugliese, President, WestJet, said: “Penticton just makes complete sense. Our role is to go into communities like this and lower airfares.”