On 15 July, WestJet Encore established a base at Halifax Airport. The carrier will operate new services to Deer Lake, Gander, and Sydney (Nova Scotia) airports. The regional airline will also operate to Ottawa and St. Johns alongside parent company WestJet. Volunteers at Halifax greeted the first passengers by handing out cupcakes at check-in.
On 15 July, WestJet Encore launched services from Halifax to Sydney Airport (Nova Scotia). Flight will operate daily on the 304-kilometre sector using the carrier’s Q400s. The airport pair is also served by Air Canada, which operates 37 weekly flights.
On 15 July, WestJet Encore launched services from Ottawa to Moncton in New Brunswick. Flights on the 855-kilometre sector will operate daily using Q400s. Passengers on the inaugural flight were greeted with live music and a buffet before boarding for Ottawa. The airport pair faces direct competition from Air Canada and Porter Airlines according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.
- WestJet Encore established a base at Halifax (YHZ) on 15 July. The airline will operate services to Deer Lake (YDF), Gander (YQX) and Sydney (YQY). The latter airport in Nova Scotia was visited in 2013 by anna.aero’s Chief Analyst. All flights will operate daily using the carrier’s 74-seat Q400s. The regional division of WestJet will also serve Ottawa and St. Johns from Halifax, complementing the parent company’s daily 737-700 operations on the sectors. On the same day, the airline also launched a daily service from Ottawa to Moncton (YQM) in New Brunswick. The 855-kilometre airport pair will face direct competition from Air Canada and Porter Airlines.
||Deer Lake (YDF)
||Air Canada (33)
||Air Canada (14)
||Air Canada (37)
||Porter Airlines (13), Air Canada (7)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 21 July 2015. WF = Weekly frequencies