* WestJet to serve Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George via a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines
CALGARY, Alberta. WestJet today introduced WestJet Link, a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Pacific Coastal Airlines.
Using Pacific Coastal Airlines’ aircraft painted in WestJet colours, WestJet Link will connect the communities of Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George to WestJet’s rapidly expanding network hub at the YYC Calgary International Airport. These new routes will add to WestJet’s existing leadership position in Calgary, offering more flights and seats to more destinations than any other airline.
All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft will include six seats available in WestJet Plus, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.
“A CPA with Pacific Coastal underscores WestJet’s commitment to offering more Canadians access to WestJet’s low fares and growing network. WestJet Link will be that connection to these communities and will offer more choice and more competition for air travellers, as well as more opportunities to earn and use WestJet Rewards.”
Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial
“All of us at Pacific Coastal Airlines are excited and proud to be entering this relationship with WestJet. Our two airlines, both based in Western Canada, share many similar corporate and guest service values and we feel that this CPA is a perfect partnership to link many new communities to the WestJet network.”
Quentin Smith, President, Pacific Coastal Airlines
“This new partnership between WestJet and Pacific Coastal will allow smaller communities within Alberta and British Columbia to take advantage of YYC’s extensive route network. Bringing in new passengers from these communities provides more opportunities to support additional long-haul destinations and contributes greatly to WestJet’s growth strategy out of YYC.”
Bob Sartor, President and CEO for The Calgary Airport Authority
“Today’s announcement represents a milestone that we’ve been striving towards for years. This partnership between two great companies, WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines, is a best case scenario allowing for the right-size aircraft, providing high frequency and timely connections to Calgary and WestJet’s international network. In addition, we are pleased to announce we will reduce our Airport Improvement Fee in Cranbrook to four dollars for all flights booked on or after December 1, 2017, for travel on or after March 7, 2018. Welcome WestJet, you will soon see just how delighted we are to have you operating in the Kootenays.”
Tristen Chernove, CEO, Elevate Airports