WestJet Doubles Calgary-Ottawa Flights Defying Industry Challenges

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WestJet, the Calgary-based airline, has declared plans to double its flights between Calgary and Ottawa, with the change slated to begin this fall. This move comes hot on the heels of Air Canada’s announcement to terminate their non-stop flights between the two key cities.

Beginning October 30, WestJet will add seven more flights to their weekly Ottawa-Calgary route, increasing their total count to 14 flights per week. This comes in contrast to Air Canada’s decision to halt its non-stop service on the same route, a decision dominated by an industry-wide shortage of pilots and a necessity to enhance the overall reliability of the airline system.

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Undeterred by industry-wide challenges, WestJet remains ambitious in its expansion plans, particularly within Calgary and beyond. Jane McCurdy, the Director of Network Planning and Alliances at WestJet, stated in a news release that there is a surge in demand along both popular routes out of Calgary, presenting them with the opportunity to augment capacity and offer more seats to their esteemed passengers this winter.

The airline further confirmed that the new flight frequencies, in line with their expansion plan, would be available for reservations starting September 5.