Together with Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson and business leaders, WestJet today announced its 2022 summer schedule, marking a significant milestone in the airline’s recovery through the restoration of its network to near pre-pandemic levels. As the number one carrier across Manitoba, and the only commercial airline to serve Western Manitoba, the airline continues to focus on strengthening its network to offer more service and increased connectivity critical to so many sectors of the Manitoba economy.
“We recognize the importance of our investments in Manitoba, as the province works to rebuild from the impacts of the pandemic,” said John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet. “This summer, we know Manitobans are ready to welcome visitors and travel again themselves. Our service is critical to restoring the pipeline of western Canadians who visit Manitoba for both business or leisure and we are committed to working together with our partners to expedite the region’s recovery.”
“WestJet is an important partner to Manitoba’s economy, connecting Winnipeg and Brandon to the world,” said Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson. “Air connectivity is crucial to Manitoba’s long-term recovery and our government is committed to working collaboratively with our economic development partners, business and industry leaders, like WestJet, to promote Manitoba as a vibrant place to live, work, visit and do business in.”
At its peak this summer, WestJet will serve 43 domestic, 23 transborder, 16 Caribbean and eight transatlantic destinations, restoring 94 per cent of its pre-pandemic routes with more than 600 daily departures network wide.
WestJet will continue to forge ahead in its service restoration plans for Manitoba, enhancing connectivity and adding back non-stop routes with 10 domestic destinations and one transborder option to Las Vegas. The airline will continue to provide increased connectivity and convenience with daily service between Brandon and Winnipeg to Calgary, WestJet’s home hub. From there, the airline offers 142 daily departures to 35 domestic, 16 transborder and seven non-stop international destinations including Rome, Paris, London and Dublin.
Complementing WestJet’s offerings, Swoop previously announced significant expansion plans in preparation for Canada’s busy summer travel season. Swoop will service Winnipeg with 34 weekly departures across nine destinations including Edmonton, Hamilton, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Abbotsford and Halifax (via Ottawa).