Hey everyone first time poster here. I haven't seen anything like this on here so I thought i'd start a discussion post about YWG (Winnipeg)
So before you roll your eyes and think this is fantasy post just hear me out... Winnipeg is longitudinal center of Canada which puts it in a pretty good position for trade and travel. That being said to fly anywhere from YWG you need to connect at the big hubs ( MSP, ORD, DEN, YYZ, YUL, YYC, YVR) which not only is a hassle but also takes time out of your day flying. If you look at Winnipeg you'll see that it's fairly small compared to other cities in Canada having just under 800k people but the region to which it caters to is much much larger then that. Just last year Westjet started direct flights to London, England from YWG which was our first Trans-Atlantic in a few years. This year the flight was scaled back because of lack of planes to fly the route I'm not suggesting that Winnipeg is going to become like a super huge hub or anything however what I am suggesting is that perhaps instead of being overlooked we would be on the airlines radar as a place to fly to. The reason I think we should be on the airlines radar is we are the only major Canadian city between Toronto and Calgary and one of only a handful of cities within 1000km with a large enough population to sustain flights.Routes that I think could happen In Winnipeg within the next 5 years
1- Icelandair to KEF : This is one route I'm surprised hasn't happened yet. Gimli Maniotba which is about a hour north of Winnipeg has the highest Icelandic population outside of Iceland and with all the tourism thats happening in Iceland I can this being a successful route. Im not sure If it's lack of aircraft or terminal space in KEF but once that gets sorted out I could see Icelandair setting up shop in YWG
2- Westjet to Hawaii : A few weeks ago Westjet held a conference in Vancouver where they announced how they wanted to fly to China from YVR. However they also had a proposed route map which had a link between YWG- somewhere in Hawaii. Nothing firm yet but that would be a pretty popular route in the winter.
3- Either British Airways or Air Canada to London : So like I said earlier Westjet started flying to London from many cities across Canada. As they start getting the hang of the whole International widebody thing I can see either BA or AC challenging them in cities like YWG , YEG and YHZ
4- Westjets new leisure carrier to LAX: Winnipeg and Ottawa are the only two major cities without direct service to LA. With Westjet along with a few other low cost carriers planning on starting up it could be interesting to watch routes like this one.
5-Condor to FRA or MUN : Winnipeg has a pretty large German population. This route obviously wouldn't happen anytime soon but in the future when Condor adds more aircraft this could perhaps happen
6- Delta to ATL or SEA : Currently Winnipeg has 4x daily flights to MSP which can be pretty full
7-American to DFW : American is the only major airline in the US to not fly into Winnipeg, Would make sense to start off with a daily E175 and start from there.
8- Norweigan to Europe: Plenty of cities ahead of us but being a low cost longhaul airline I could see something like YWG-CDG working. Manitoba has a pretty large french community as well as tourists that would want to explore Paris.
Now I know some of those routes may seem unrealistic but Winnipeg is a growing city with tons of possibilities. Hopefully we can have a respectful discussion about the routes above , frequencies and anything else that may be going on at YWG