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WestJet Adds 4 New Routes in Winter Schedule Update

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Thanks to WestJet, Canadians will not be short of options to escape the cold this winter.

The Calgary-based airline has just unveiled a huge schedule update for the coming winter season including 4 new routes, the resumption of a further 4 routes, and frequency increases on other services.

“This year’s winter schedule is about providing Canadians with what they want: affordable sun destination getaways from across Canada; enhanced domestic connectivity from coast-to-coast; and the assurance that some of our most popular routes, previously operated exclusively in the summer, are available year-round,” said John Weatherill, Executive Vice President and CCO at Westjet.

Let’s take a look at the details.

WestJet’s New Routes Winter Routes

As part of the winter network expansion, WestJet will start 4 new routes from cities across Canada to the Caribbean island of Bonaire (BON); Huatulco, Mexico (HUX); Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ); and Tampa, Florida (TPA).

RouteStart DateFrequencyAircraft
Calgary (YYC) to Tampa (TPA)December 23, 2023 SaturdaysBoeing 737-700
Edmonton (YEG) to Montego Bay (MBJ)November 12, 2023SundaysBoeing 737 MAX 8
Toronto (YYZ) to Bonaire (BON)December 12, 2023TuesdaysBoeing 737-800
Winnipeg (YWG) to Huatulco (HUX)December 24, 2023SundaysBoeing 737 MAX 8 

The introduction of service between Toronto and Bonaire will mean the addition of an entirely new destination to the airline’s route network. Furthermore, WestJet will be the only airline operating the route from Canada’s biggest city to the tiny Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.

In fact, WestJet will be the only carrier to operate service on each of its new routes.

Map of new WestJet winter routes
Map of WestJet’s 4 new “winter sun” routes starting in 2023. Image Credit: Great Circle Mapper

Route Resumptions

In addition to adding new routes, WestJet will resume a handful of routes later this year, including several to Mexico on which it will be the only carrier offering service.

However, WestJet will join ultra-low-cost carriers Flair and Swoop on the domestic Edmonton (YEG) to Abbotsford (YXX) service.

RouteStart DateFrequencyAircraft
Edmonton (YEG) to Abbotsford (YXX)October 29, 2023Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and SundaysBoeing 737-800
Edmonton (YEG) to Mazatlán (MZT)November 4, 2023SaturdaysBoeing 737-700
Prince George (YXS) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) December 16, 2023 SaturdaysBoeing 737-800
Victoria (YYJ) to Los Cabos (SJD) November 9, 2023ThursdaysBoeing 737 MAX 8

Frequency Increases

And finally, due to high demand, WestJet will increase the frequency of a few popular domestic and transborder routes as well as on the airline’s long-haul jaunt from Calgary to Paris.

The routes will soon be operated according to the frequencies listed below:

  • Calgary (YYC) to Paris (CDG) — 4x weekly
  • Edmonton (YEG) to Minneapolis (MSP) — 5x weekly
  • Saskatoon (YXE) to Minneapolis (MSP) — 3x weekly
  • Winnipeg (YWG) to Atlanta (ATL) — 5x weekly
  • Vancouver (YVR) to Atlanta (ATL) — 5x weekly
  • Vancouver (YVR) to Regina (YQR) — 3x weekly
  • Vancouver (YVR) to Saskatoon (YXE) — 2x weekly
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Final Thoughts

There are few places on earth that suffer from harsher winters than parts of Canada so these new routes, returning routes, and increased frequencies should be a hit with Canadians across the nation this winter.

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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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