Westjet adds new seasonal routes, ups frequency of others

A WestJet plane. (MARCEL CRETAIN/QMI Agency)

A WestJet plane. (MARCEL CRETAIN/QMI Agency)

Dave Dormer, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

CALGARY -- WestJet is spreading its wings once again.

The Calgary-based airline announced its summer schedule on Monday, which includes adding five new routes, making five seasonal routes year-round and increasing frequency on 20 others.

Two of the new routes operate out of Calgary, going daily to JFK Airport in New York and Prince George, B.C., in April.

The three others will operate out of Fort McMurray, Alta., flying to Vancouver and Kelowna, B.C., starting in May and Las Vegas in June.

"The latest schedule reflects the varied needs of the many guests who choose WestJet," said John Weatherill, director of network and schedule planning.

"We have added in-flight service and amenities for those guests travelling for business, and additional flight frequency and convenient, non-stop service across all points of the network."

Seasonal routes being made year-round include Calgary to Kamloops, B.C., Edmonton to Regina, Sask., Edmonton to Saskatoon, Sask., Toronto to Fort McMurray, Vancouver to Prince George and Vancouver to Victoria, B.C.

The airline is increasing service to a number of popular sunny southern destinations, including Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, Mexico and the Caribbean.

WestJet is also expanding overseas this summer with direct flights between Toronto and Dublin -- stopping in St. John's, N.L., -- set to begin in June.

WestJet Encore is being expanded into eastern Canada and will operate routes from Toronto to Thunder Bay, Ont., and Thunder Bay to Winnipeg.

dave.dormer@sunmedia.ca

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