Comox is definitely a surprise. I would have thought Prince Rupert would come first.
WestJet is, in my view, hedging on the Brandon route. They may be considering demand at YBR, or perhaps they're considering where to use the aircraft (ie- other possibilities for using it, so they're waiting before giving YBR permanent service) or maybe they could possibly be waiting to see how YYC-YHM goes, as they could increase capacity by extending YYC-YBR on towards YHM (note- PWA used to fly YYC-YBR-YYZ with 737's quite successfully). Any way around it, I think Brandon will get permanent WJ service sometime, but maybe not for a while.
It is very interesting to see that they're adding YYC-YHM already. We were all waiting for it, but because WJ doesn't like payload restrictions and it's 732's are largely older (non -adv) 737 versions I was kind of surprised to see YYC-YHM nonstops before the 737-700's arrive. The redeye flight is certainly no surprise, and I would echo the comment on not being particularly surprised if they were to start a similar YEG flight.
YWG-YYC is certainly a strong route for them, although I have to say that I think and hope that in all probability that next time around it will more likely be YWG-YEG. Or perhaps in the future YEG-YWG-east(YHM/YOW/Montreal). I also think YEG-YXX (Abbotsford) might have a chance (or perhaps with a stop in YLW?). Whatever way you look at it, YEG seems to be having a pretty strong WestJet presence, and I'm sure they're happy to have the additional space there with AC having gone over to the new south terminal at YEG.
On the topic of Montreal, I think they're probably waiting for some of the dust to settle in CanJet/Royal's battle. Also, I have to wonder whether they're either leveraging themselves in airport negotiations, or perhaps stalling for time in order to set up St. Hubert (YHU). http://tse.globeinvestor.com/servlet/WireFeedRedirect?slug=RAIRL&date=20010112&archive=gam&cf=GlobeInvestor/tse/config
YQR-YHM isn't terribly surprising, because although I'm a little disappointed they didn't set up their YQR-YWG route for better connections, reality is that YWG is rather short of gate space at most times (and WJ doesn't have the fleet size to work around this). Also on the topic of Saskatchewan, Royal is going to add some more scheduled service in there this summer, but I don't know what routings will be yet, so it'll be interesting to see how that pans out with WJ's expansions.
A lot these new flights seem to be weekly, filling up fleet utilizations with some pretty nice routings.
Also, it's interesting to see that all of these flights are out of YYC. That's probably a good thing, as YYC has been somewhat overshadowed in WJ's eastern expansion, but this round of new routes seems to be set on fortifying YYC for WJ. Interesting. I wonder what's going to happen next in the east? Montreal is obviously on deck, but what about maybe Sault Ste. Marie, or Windsor?
Also, as for the west, I think Prince Rupert is probably up there, Kamloops maybe, and Lethbridge has to be up there. Funny isn't it that, that WJ has so many good expansion options, even though we had all started to think their western network was becoming mature?