On 13FEB, WestJet announced a sweeping expansion of cross-routes from YEG with new non-stop service to Minneapolis, Minnesota and Seattle, Washington as part of its 2023 summer schedule. In addition, WestJet's summer schedule from Edmonton will revitalize the city's domestic connectivity with the airline unveiling new routes from Edmonton to London, Moncton, Charlottetown and the resumption of nonstop flights to Ottawa, Montreal, Nanaimo and Penticton.
WestJet's "renewed commitment to the city of Edmonton" will see the airline's service increase by almost 50 per cent this summer when compared to 2022.
The announcement of strengthening both cross-border and domestic routes from YEG is part of WestJet's strategy to focus on growth in Western Canada.
"Since our first day of operation in February 1996 to reaffirming our commitment to the city and region almost exactly 27 years later, Edmonton is an integral part of WestJet's beginnings and our future," said Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet Group Chief Executive Officer.
"As WestJet continues to own our position as the undisputed home-team carrier of Western Canada, I am grateful to be celebrating our renewed focus on Edmonton alongside our valued partners as we take strides to energize the city's two-way tourism opportunities and bolster its accessibility for business and leisure travellers."
WestJet's new summer service from Edmonton
|Destination||StartDate||Peak SeasonFrequency||DepartureTime||Arrival Time|
|Minneapolis (MSP) *New||02JUN||5x weekly||08:15||11:46|
|Seattle (SEA) *New||19MAY||5x weekly||10:30||11:30|
|Charlottetown (YYG) *New||14JUN||1x weekly||10:25||17:58|
|Moncton (YQM) *New||29JUN||2x weekly||10:25||17:57|
|Penticton (YYF)1||01JUL||2x weekly||11:00||11:27|
|Nanaimo (YCD) 1*Year-Round||YEAR-ROUND||2x weekly||10:30||11:29|
|London (YXU) *New||19MAY||2x weekly||10:25||15:52|
|Ottawa (YOW) 1||30APR||6x weekly||09:00||14:43|
|Montreal 1||30JUN||2x weekly||01:00||07:03|
|1 Resumption of service last operated in 2021|
Rounding out Alberta's aviation hub
WestJet's summer schedule puts a strong focus on the entire province of Alberta. With five new additions and the restart of four destinations to Edmonton's network, WestJet will serve 21 domestic and four transborder destinations from Alberta's capital this summer.