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WestJet Announces New Transborder, Domestic Service for Summer 2023

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WestJet has announced a slew of new and returning routes for the summer.

Focusing on its hubs in Calgary and Edmonton, the airline will be increasing connectivity regionally, domestically, and across the U.S./Canada border.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our network and giving our guests substantial opportunity to explore the U.S., and Canada from coast-to-coast this summer,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, CEO at WestJet Group.

Here are the details about WestJet’s huge network expansion.

WestJet’s Big Plans for Summer 2023

Included in the announcement are no less than 25 routes comprising 15 service resumptions, a mixture of 10 new transborder and domestic routes, and 3 brand-new destinations for the Calgary-based carrier.

Transborder Services

The most notable routes are WestJet’s upcoming services to Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis (MSP), and Washington-Dulles (IAD), which will be completely new destinations for the airline.

The details are as follows:

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When the above routes inaugurate, WestJet will be the only carrier to offer nonstop service between each of the city pairs.

Thanks to the close relationship between WestJet and Delta Air Lines, passengers will be able to connect seamlessly on 1-stop itineraries through Delta’s hubs in Detroit and Minneapolis.

There will also be new services to some of WestJet’s existing U.S. destinations, including:

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Route

Start Date

Frequency 

Edmonton (YEG) to Seattle (SEA)

May 19, 2023

Mondays (from May 29, 2023), Wednesdays (from June 28, 2023), Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays

Vancouver (YVR) to Atlanta (ATL)

May 17, 2023

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays

Vancouver (YVR) to Nashville (BNA)

May 19, 2023

Mondays and Fridays

Map of WestJet new transborder services starting summer 2023
Map of WestJet’s new transborder services coming this summer. Image Credit: Great Circle Mapper

But that’s not all — WestJet will also be resuming the following 3 previously-served transborder routes:

Canadian Domestic Services

The carrier will also bolster its trans-Canadian service with the addition of 4 new routes which were all previously unserved:

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Cross-country services between the following city pairs will also resume over the course of the summer:

  • Calgary to Thunder Bay (YQT) — from June 29, 2023
  • Calgary to Quebec City (YQB) — from May 19, 2023
  • Edmonton to Montreal (YUL) — from June 30, 2023
  • Edmonton to Ottawa (YOW) — from April 30, 2023
WestJet aircraft at Winnipeg Airport
WestJet Boeing 737 family aircraft at Winnipeg Airport. Image Credit: Daniel Ross

Resumptions in Western Canada

The final part of WestJet’s summer expansion is the resumption of 8 regional services across Canada’s 4 westernmost provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan:

  • Calgary to Terrace (YXT) — from May 1, 2023
  • Edmonton to Nanaimo (YCD) — from April 30, 2023
  • Edmonton to Penticton (YYF) — from July 1, 2023
  • Kelowna (YLW) to Regina (YQR) — from May 21, 2023
  • Kelowna to Saskatoon (YXE) — from June 2, 2023
  • Kelowna to Winnipeg (YWG) — from June 2, 2023
  • Vancouver to Regina — from June 30, 2023
  • Winnipeg to Victoria (YYJ) — from April 30, 2023

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Final Thoughts

As far as network expansions go, this is up there with one of the biggest we’ve seen in a while for WestJet.

The update will provide significantly improved connectivity for Canadians and Americans alike — here’s to a summer well-traveled for WestJet!

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About Daniel Ross

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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