WS scheduled service is a far cry from the charter service of the past operated by various carriers. Many of today's passengers are coming to PSP
for a weekend or a week or a holiday or to see family that lives part-time in the desert communities. And now, the passenger can originate from a long list of cities, connecting through one of the WS
hubs serving PSP
, whereas charters were largely comprised of passengers originating in the city the flight departed from, because there was no connectivity.
Last winter WS
operated the equivalent of twice daily service to PSP
, with daily YYC
and a split YVR
(3). Now with Harmony out of the picture, WS
will go up to daily YVR
will return, and perhaps be a daily flight shared with YWG
. That would make 3 daily flights next winter. Season after season, WS
service has performed very well in PSP
, often beyond expectations. Additionally, some meeting/convention business is starting to be generated from Canada into PSP
because of the direct scheduled air service. More of that will come as the service continues to increase.
has gotten into the seasonal mix with daily CRJ-705 Jazz service, and I hear it was incredibly popular. I suspect AC
will turn up the heat next winter into PSP
with a new destination, or a larger a/c from YYC
, or both. Either way, having scheduled service into a known destination is a welcome change from the days of the weekly charter activity that used to serve PSP
in the 80's & 90's. And WS
is wildly popular and highly-respected by Canadians, so it will do well. The more difficult task will be to develop a northbound market from the U.S. side of the border. I know that is a goal of theirs, but it's going to take a lot of work. Banff is one great reason to visit YYC
in the summer, as is Stampede. And YVR
, as many of us probably have witnessed, is a beautiful place to experience in midyear.