LONDON – Canadian airline WestJet has announced that it will add a four-times weekly service between Terrace, B.C., and Calgary, commencing from December 1, 2022.
Creating a gateway for business and leisure travel opportunities, WestJet Encore’s service to Terrace in north-western B.C., will provide a convenient connection to WestJet’s home and largest global hub in Calgary.
Effectively, the airline will then operate more than 800 flights per week, to more than 65 destinations around the world from the Calgary hub as of December.
“We are thrilled to provide increased capacity to support Terrace and Western B.C.’s critical projects and expanding industries,” said John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer for WestJet.
“The West is our home and as we turn to an exciting new chapter of growth, we are committed to providing vital domestic connections that support the economic diversification and success of Western Canada.”
Encore Q400 aircraft
The route will operate four times weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, on WestJet Encore’s Q400 aircraft.
“Welcoming back WestJet’s direct service to Calgary is eagerly welcomed by all of Terrace,” said Carol Leclerc, Mayor of the City of Terrace. “Following the pandemic, the Terrace-Kitimat Airport numbers have been growing and air traffic is busy. Terrace is a key service centre for Northwest B.C. and it’s integral for our residents, businesses and industry to have access to critical services such as air travel.”
“We’re excited to see our partner enhance access to the Northern British Columbia area with the return of this non-stop service,” Bob Sartor, President & CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “The addition of WestJet Encore’s Calgary to Terrace route supports economic development that will benefit both British Columbians and Albertans.”
“It will also provide Terrace and surrounding area residents with the opportunity to access more than 75 destinations within Canada and across the globe through WestJet’s global hub at YYC.”
“The Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-Kitimat welcome’s the additional service offered by WestJet,” said Carman Hendry, Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-Kitimat, Airport General Manager. “This will enhance our airport’s ability to serve our region with a first-class schedule that connects Northern British Columbia to the world. “
In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 percent.
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 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic.