Friday, April 11, 2014

WestJet expands BC destinations; Prince Rupert not on the list

WestJet is rolling out a few more new destinations in British Columbia, but for many on the North Coast, the news today will once again be disappointing for those hoping to see the popular airline arriving at the Prince Rupert airport.

In a pair of news releases this morning, WestJet outlined that Penticton and Kamloops are about to see an increase in their flight options, the latest communities to see expanded WestJet service.

The two new routes will provide service between Alberta and British Columbia, with the new Kamloops option linking that city with Edmonton, a compliment to the already existing service to Calgary.

In the south, the new route into Penticton will provide access to Calgary and marks the introduction of WestJet service to that community.

Municipal government in both communities heralded the additions to the flight schedule as welcome developments for their city and something that they had been putting much work into.

Background on the two new routes can be found from the News releases section of the WestJet website.

It has been just about a year since WestJet announced its plans for the Northwest, a prospect that had residents of the North Coast hoping to be included on the list.

After reviewing a number of options for their expanding Encore service including service to Prince Rupert, WestJet selected Terrace in July of 2013 as their Northwest entry point.

Service to the Terrace airport started on November 25th and has proven to be a popular addition to the departures and arrivals board in that community.

For more on transportation in the region see our archive page.

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