WestJet inaugurated services between Charlottetown and Orlando on 18 December. The 2,541-kilometre sector will be flown weekly on Fridays according to OAG Schedules Analyser. The Canadian airport celebrated the launch by hosting a special Disney-themed route launch party.
Delegates from the Yucatan, Mexico and WestJet celebrated the airline’s non-stop service from Toronto Pearson to Merida on 15 December including: Rodrigo Esponda, Director for Canada for the Mexico Tourism Board; Saul Ancona, Secretary of Tourism, Yucatan; Mauricio Vila, Mayor of Merida; Rolando Zapata Bello, Governor of Yucatan State; David Cecco, Director of Product, WestJet Vacations; and Mauricio Toussaint, Consul General of Mexico. The sector between the two cities will operate weekly on Tuesdays. The Mexican airport officially declared the route open with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony.
Sarasota Airport in Florida welcomed the arrival of WestJet’s inaugural service from Toronto Pearson on 18 December. The 1,828-kilometre sector will operate on Fridays and Sundays in direct competition with Air Canada.
- WestJet commenced services on five international routes from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Charlottetown (YYG) between the 15 and 19 December, with four of them launching from the former destination. Each of the five new routes will operate either weekly or twice-weekly and all will be flown by the carrier’s 737-700s. The average sector length of WestJet’s new airport connections is 2,879 kilometres. Three out of the five new routes will face incumbent carriers.
||Toronto Pearson (YYZ)
|San Jose (SJO)
||Air Canada (4), Air Transat (1)
|Toronto Pearson (YYZ)
||Air Canada (7)
||San Jose Del Cabo (SJD)
||Sunwing Airlines (3), Air Canada (1)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 22 December 2015. WF = Weekly frequencies.