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Non-stop flights to Calgary coming back in March

Non-stop flights between Prince George and Calgary are coming back.

WestJet has announced that through WestJet Link, a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines, non-stop daily service to Calgary will start March 14, 2018.

WestJet Link will be using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft.

“We are very excited to have non-stop service between Prince George and Calgary again with service provided by WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines, both Prince George Airport partners,” said John Gibson, President and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority, in a press release. “Calgary is the number one unserved market requested by the greater Prince George community.”

Non-stop flights to Calgary were offered a few years ago, but were cancelled when ridership didn’t support the flights, which were using larger 737s.

Operated with Pacific Coastal Airlines aircraft painted in WestJet colours, WestJet Link will connect the communities of Prince George, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Lloydminster to WestJet’s  network hub at the Calgary International Airport. Each aircraft will offer flight attendant service, comfortable leather seating in economy, and include six seats available in WestJet’s Plus fare. Guests onboard will enjoy WestJet amenities and benefits including earning and redeeming WestJet dollars.

“A CPA with Pacific Coastal underscores WestJet’s commitment to offering more Canadians access to WestJet’s low fares and growing network,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “WestJet Link will be that connection to these communities and will offer more choice and more competition for air travellers, as well as more opportunities to earn and use WestJet Rewards.”

One flight will be offered, each way, daily.

“All of us at Pacific Coastal Airlines are excited and proud to be entering this relationship with WestJet,” said Quentin Smith, President, Pacific Coastal Airlines. “Our two airlines, both based in Western Canada, share many similar corporate and guest service values and we feel that this CPA is a perfect partnership to link many new communities to the WestJet network.”

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