WestJet launches new US, Canadian routes

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WestJet will launch Boeing 737 service between Toronto and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and between Calgary and Dallas-Fort Worth starting in the second quarter.

From 2 May, the Calgary-based low cost carrier will fly twice-weekly routes on Thursdays and Sundays to Myrtle Beach and will initiate service to Dallas-Fort Worth on 29 April.

WestJet is also going to introduce new non-stop service between Toronto and Fort McMurray. It will also increase flights between Toronto and cities in western Canada, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina. The carrier is receiving two Bombardier Q400s in June to start up service for its Calgary-based regional carrier Encore, which will initially fly domestically.

WestJet will also double flights between Calgary and Los Angeles to two per day and increase flights between Toronto and Orlando from seven flights per week to 11.

WestJet will start offering year-round service to Caribbean destinations in Aruba, Liberia, Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago. It will also add flights from Toronto to Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica, Varadero, Cuba, St. Martin, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Cancun.

"Our increase in domestic capacity this summer season is a strategic decision aimed at improving our schedule for leisure and business travellers," said Chris Avery, WestJet's vice-president, network planning, alliances and corporate development.