WestJet Link launches operations from Calgary

WestJet Link Lethbridge

Pictured at the launch of WestJet Link flights between Calgary and Lethbridge are: Lorne Hickey, Reeve of Lethbridge County; Chris Spearman, Mayor, City of Lethbridge; Robert Palmer, Manager of Public Affairs, WestJet; and Laura Nadin-Young, Director of Airports, Pacific Coastal Airlines. Launched 21 June, flights will operate 20 times weekly.

WestJet Prince George

A press conference was held at Prince George Airport to talk about the launch of WestJet Link flights to the city from Calgary. Present at the media briefing was Charles Duncan, President, WestJet Encore. The Saab 340-operated service will operate 20 times weekly according to OAG schedules, competing directly with Air Canada.

  • WestJet Link commenced its initial operations on 20 June, launching based operations from Calgary (YYC) and launching flights to Cranbrook (YXC), Lethbridge (YQL), Lloydminster (YLL), Medicine Hat (YXH) and Prince George (YXS). It is a significant week for the Canadian carrier, with it having launched its ULCC Swoop on the same day. Of the routes launched by WestJet Link, only the 660-kilometre connections to Prince George faces no direct competition. All flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal Airlines and its fleet of Saab 340s. The average sector length is 335 kilometres.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
20-Jun Calgary (YYC) Cranbrook (YXC) S340 (20) Air Canada (28)
Prince George (YXS) S340 (7)  
21-Jun Lethbridge (YQL) S340 (20) Air Canada (41)
Lloydminster (YLL) S340 (6) Central Mountain Air (5)
22-Jun Medicine Hat (YXH) S340 (20) Air Canada (32)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 26 June. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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