WestJet has added 11 new routes across Western Canada, the airline announced March, 26, 2021. (Mark Brett/Western News file)

WestJet has added 11 new routes across Western Canada, the airline announced March, 26, 2021. (Mark Brett/Western News file)

WestJet announces new direct route between Penticton and Edmonton

The service will begin June 24

WestJet announced today (March 26) that the airline will be offering a new route from Penticton to Edmonton twice a week starting June 24.

The new Penticton-Edmonton flights will run Thursdays and Sundays as the first-ever direct route between the two cities.

The announcement came as 11 new domestic routes were introduced across Western Canada. The airline also announced two new routes of Kelowna.

As of June 24, WestJet will also start new twice-weekly direct flights from Kelowna to Saskatoon and Regina, both on Thursdays and Sundays.

All 11 of the new routes will offer new non-stop service for 15 communities across Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. The enhancements follow an announcement made earlier in the week to return previously suspended service to Atlantic Canada and Quebec City.

“As we look to the coming months with cautious optimism, we know our restart agenda will be pivotal to Canada’s economic recovery,” said Ed Sims, WestJet president and CEO. “Stimulating air travel benefits all Canadians and supports those hardest hit; with one in every 10 Canadian jobs tied to travel and tourism, the ripple effect benefits our whole country.

If Canadians were to shift two-thirds of their planned international-leisure travel spend towards domestic tourism, it would help sustain 150,000 jobs and accelerate recovery by one year, all while seeing what Canada has to offer.”

READ MORE: Air service a necessity for rural communities like Penticton: MLA Dan Ashton

READ MORE: Pacific Coastal Airlines launching new route between Penticton and Vancouver



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