WestJet launches new transborder service between Saskatoon and Minneapolis

acefitt from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
acefitt from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Canadian carrier WestJet has marked a significant milestone with the initiation of its new nonstop transborder service between Saskatoon and Minneapolis.

The inaugural flight, WS1900, departed at 7:10 a.m. MST on June 19, underscoring WestJet’s commitment to expanding its operations and providing enhanced travel options for the communities it serves.

The introduction of this new route between Saskatoon and Minneapolis not only strengthens WestJet’s position as Saskatchewan’s premier airline but also opens up direct connectivity from the province to the bustling Midwest United States and beyond.

Transborder capacity boost

This strategic move has boosted transborder capacity by an impressive 20 percent during the summer, facilitating seamless travel for both business and leisure purposes.

Jared Mikoch-Gerke, WestJet’s Director of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs, expressed his enthusiasm regarding the launch of this new service.

He stated, “We are thrilled to celebrate the departure of our inaugural flight between Saskatoon and Minneapolis today, bolstering our title as Saskatchewan’s leading airline and signifying our expanded commitment to the province.”

Mikoch-Gerke emphasized the positive impact this enhanced connectivity will have on transborder travel options, stimulating vital business and tourism opportunities on both sides of the border.


In alignment with WestJet’s vision, the Saskatoon Airport Authority shares a commitment to providing exceptional air service that connects Northern Saskatchewan to the world.

Saskatoon Airport control tower.
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Stephen Maybury, President and CEO of the Saskatoon Airport Authority, expressed his support for the new service, stating,

“As we recover from the pandemic, we continue to work closely with our partners on new service and routes which drive economic benefit to our community, connecting leisure travel and business to Saskatchewan.”

“We are thrilled to welcome WestJet’s new direct, 3x weekly air service route into the Minneapolis hub.”

The departure of WS1900 is the first of three weekly flights scheduled between Saskatoon and Minneapolis this summer.

The move further solidifies WestJet’s dedication to serving its passengers and contributing to the growth of Saskatoon’s aviation industry.

With this new route, travelers can conveniently access a range of destinations in the Midwest United States, enabling seamless connections for both business and leisure travel.

About WestJet

In 27 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent.

WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 110 destinations in 24 countries.

The airline’s new nonstop transborder service between Saskatoon and Minneapolis signifies a significant development for both the airline and the province of Saskatchewan.

The increased transborder capacity, coupled with enhanced connectivity, presents valuable opportunities for business growth and tourism development on both sides of the border.

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