Canada's Windsor International Airport is celebrating the return of low-cost carrier WestJet after a six-year gap. The airline will begin seasonal daily Boeing 737-700 service between its Calgary base and the southern Ontario city in May.
The airport has signed a three-year deal with WestJet, said Federica Nazzani, president of Your Quick Gateway, the management company that took over the running of Windsor in July 2007 on behalf of the city.
Since that time YGQ has been working to revamp the airport's profile and marketing efforts and sell Windsor in its own right and not simply being perceived as a suburb of Detroit which is close by across the US border.
From WestJet's point of view the addition of Windsor, Canada's 16th largest city, is important as it builds up its network in the country, said Peter Tong, director network and schedule planning at the carrier. "We want to make sure we serve southern Ontario well," he said.
Federica Nazzani, above right, with WestJet's Peter Tong.
WestJet will begin the service at the end of May and run the route until October.
Apart from Windsor the airline has announced the addition of two other destinations so far this year: it will fly a daily service between Toronto and Bermuda and a weekly route between Toronto and Samana in the Dominican Republic.
For Windsor the next target is to tempt a US carrier to begin service to a major hub, such as Chicago or Atlanta.