NANAIMO – Direct flights between Nanaimo and Edmonton are coming back, thanks to Nanaimo Airport’s strategic business relationships and investment from WestJet.
WestJet Encore will resume the service starting on October 30. Flights between the two cities will run three times a week, on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays. The airport has worked closely with WestJet to get the service restarted.
“We’re very pleased that our close working relationships with our airline partners continue to expand the travelling choices for the communities we serve,” says Nanaimo Airport President and CEO Dave Devana. “Service to Edmonton has been a popular request among our customers. WestJet recognizes the potential and is showing confidence in our airport, and our regional economy, by investing in this route.”
Central Island travellers can connect to many global destinations from Edmonton International Airport. They can leave their homes here in the morning and arrive at their destination later that day, making Nanaimo Airport their gateway to the world.
“Restoring direct service between Edmonton and Nanaimo is another positive step in the rebuild of our network as we solidify WestJet as the reliable, friendly and affordable airline we are known to be,” says John Weatherill, WestJet executive vice-president and chief commercial officer.
The airport continues to work to attract even more routes. A five-year capital project plan will see millions of dollars in new infrastructure and improvements, creating new jobs and business opportunities.
“Our investments help ensure we can meet the demand for air travel for the next generation,” says Devana. “We’re already seeing a recovery as the country rebounds from the pandemic and travel restrictions.”