Posted on: 19 January 2015 by Mark Howells
WestJet has announced its largest increase in service from Halifax it began operations there in February 2003, including the introduction of WestJet Encore into the east coast market.
"Halifax is at the core of our service increase across Atlantic Canada, now marking WestJet Encore's presence from coast to coast," remarked Ferio Pugliese, president, WestJet Encore. "Within two years of the launch of WestJet Encore, and with the support of our guests and the hard work of WestJetters across the country, we will have grown from two aircraft serving five cities in Western Canada to 16 aircraft serving more than 20 destinations across Canada. Our research shows that in the 12 months after the launch of WestJet Encore into new markets, traffic rose as high as 55% while fares decreased by as much as 40%.
"Our current reach means we are bringing lower fares and more choices for air travel to more communities. As we continue to foster a competitive market with high-value, low-fare options and strong connectivity to the wider WestJet network, Canadians can expect great things in 2015 from Canada's fastest-growing airline," concluded Pugliese.
New non-stop daily services from Halifax to Gander and Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Sydney, Nova Scotia begin on 15 July, along with increased frequency between Halifax and Ottawa, Toronto and St John's, Newfoundland. Cities currently served from Halifax include Calgary in Edmonton and Hamilton in Ontario, plus six US and international destinations.
Between Halifax and Gander flights will depart daily from the former at 20:50 and land in Gander at 23:03. In the opposite direction, flights from Gander take off at 05:25 and reach Halifax at 06:54.
The outbound Halifax–Deer Lake service sees flight push back daily at 07:40 and land at Deer lake at 09:46. After a swift turnaround, departure from Deer Lake will be at 10:20, with arrival back in Halifax at 11:38.
Finally, between Halifax and Sydney, the daily takeoff time from Halifax will be 12:40 with touchdown in Sydney at 13:35. The return flight departs at 14:05, arriving in Halifax at 15:02.