WestJet takes on Air Canada in Quebec with new routes, more capacity

WestJet takes on Air Canada in Quebec with new routes, more capacity

CALGARY — Both Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport are getting more routes with WestJet as the airline adds 105 more flights per week out of Quebec, a capacity increase of 74%.

Starting June 15 WestJet will offer point-to-point service for the first time within the province with four daily flights between Montreal and Quebec City. Aggressive introductory pricing starts at $87 taxes included from Montreal to Quebec City one-way, when booked by Feb. 20.

On March 15, WestJet will launch twice-daily service between Montreal and Halifax. And, on October 15, WestJet will begin twice-daily service between Montreal and Boston.

The airline will also increase its number of nonstop flights between Montreal and Vancouver from six per week to 12. WestJet’s operations between Montreal and Calgary will increase from 14 flights per week to 19. The airline’s Quebec City and Toronto service will add one more daily flight for a total of three. With the addition of WestJet’s new services the airline will operate 195 weekly departures from Montreal and 50 departures from Quebec City by October 2017.

“Our unique brand of great service and low fares has been embraced across Canada for more than 20 years and today, WestJet is here to offer more choice and competition to the Quebec market,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President Commercial.

“The people in Quebec have traditionally been served by a legacy carrier and WestJet believes this significant additional investment in the province will give leisure and corporate travellers a choice in airlines and bring lower fares to more than 8.2 million Quebecers. We look forward to flying hundreds of thousands of travellers to and from this beautiful province to enjoy the area and conduct business. As always, we are committed to making air travel in Canada better.”

All three new routes will be operated by WestJet’s regional airline, WestJet Encore, and its fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400s.

Routes to Vancouver and Calgary will be operated on WestJet’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft featuring the enhanced Plus product and WestJet Connect, WestJet’s WiFi connected, inflight entertainment system.

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