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WestJet Announces Service to Toronto's Pearson International Airport
CALGARY, Alberta. January 22, 2001. WestJet Airlines today announced its intentions to commence service to Toronto's Pearson International Airport in July 2001. The low-fare airline intends to offer service from Toronto to Calgary non-stop twice daily, with connections from Calgary to many of its other western cities.
Further details of WestJet's schedule and fares will be released in early February, pending the finalized discussions with the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA). However, the airline has confirmed that it will operate this route as a result of its acquisitions of the new generation Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Hamilton will continue to be the major Ontario hub on the WestJet network, providing connections east and west. The Toronto to Calgary non-stop service will commence as a connection only to its western route network.
Clive Beddoe, WestJet's President and Chief Executive Officer, said today that "The commencement of this new service to Toronto in July will coincide with the arrival of our first new generation Boeing 737-700 aircraft. These aircraft are designed to fly both short and long haul routes with increased fuel efficiency, speed and comfort. WestJet remains focused on the successful low cost, low-fare strategy of our mentor Southwest Airlines, who has evolved as a result of its new aircraft acquisitions by similarly expanding its stage length. The net results for Southwest were growing passenger volumes and a generation of record earnings.
"Today's announcement shows our continued adherence to this successful model. As we grow, these new aircraft will allow us to spread our wings across Canada and successfully operate a mix of short and long haul flights. This is an exciting time for WestJet, entering this new market, and taking the next steps along this proven path for success."
WestJet Airlines currently serves the 16 Canadian cities of Victoria, Vancouver, Abbotsford/Fraser Valley, Prince George, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Hamilton, Ottawa and Moncton with a fleet of 22 Boeing 737-200 aircraft. WestJet will commence service to Comox on March 3 and will offer Limited Addition service to Brandon March 6 to May 31, 2001. WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol WJA.