WestJet has announced 11 new domestic routes in Western Canada.
The new routes include service between Toronto and Comox; between Ottawa and Victoria; and eight new routes connecting the prairie provinces to British Columbia tourism destinations, including Regina to Kelowna.
The announcement comes in the same week as the airline announced a resumption in service to Atlantic Canada and Quebec City having previously been suspended.
WestJet president and CEO Ed Sims said: “As we look to the coming months with cautious optimism, we know our restart agenda will be pivotal to Canada’s economic recovery.
“Stimulating air travel benefits all Canadians and supports those hardest hit; with one in every 10 Canadian jobs tied to travel and tourism, the ripple effect benefits our whole country.”
“We are at an inflection point; one that is buoyed by the rollout of vaccines, months of learning how to take appropriate precautions, and a view to Canada’s beautiful summer months that allows us to spend more time outdoors.
“If Canadians were to shift two-thirds of their planned international-leisure travel spend towards domestic tourism, it would help sustain 150,000 jobs and accelerate recovery by one year, all while seeing what Canada has to offer.”