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WestJet says hello again, Hamilton

Hamilton sees early return of Halifax and Edmonton routes, adds Winnipeg as a destination

CALGARY, Nov. 14, 2016 /CNW/ - WestJet announced today the airline will increase its capacity out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport by 40 per cent in 2017 with the return of non-stop service to Edmonton and Halifax and a new route to Winnipeg. Four-time weekly service to Edmonton returns January 16 until October 28. Daily service to Halifax returns January 16 until October 28. Three-time weekly service to Winnipeg, starts January 17 until October 26.  

"Our loyal guests in Hamilton have long asked for more destination options so we are delighted to bring back our successful Edmonton and Halifax routes as well as new addition, Winnipeg," said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. "Besides adding access to WestJet flights to and from these four destinations, guests will also enjoy WestJet's award-winning guest service and low fares. WestJet is extremely proud to once again offer our high-care service connecting communities and economies across the country."

"We are pleased to hear that WestJet will be expanding its domestic service offerings from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport starting in 2017," said Vijay Bathija, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, President & CEO. "These services will provide more options for passengers in Hamilton and the surrounding area seeking to experience the ease and convenience of flying from Hamilton International to a number of popular Canadian destinations."

By January 2017, WestJet will be offering 27 weekly departures to seven non-stop destinations out of Hamilton to meet increasing guest demand.

"It's great to see WestJet growing in our region once again following their successful expansion of air service last year," says Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President and CEO. "Providing our passengers with additional travel options remains one of our top priorities and we look forward to WestJet continuing to play a crucial role in achieving our objective." 

This winter WestJet will offer 19 daily flights on 15 routes from Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Year-over-year in January 2017, the airline will have added more than 15 per cent additional capacity out of Halifax.

Today's announcement is great news for our community as with increasing levels of connectivity more opportunities abound," said Barry Rempel, President and CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority. "We are excited to be working with WestJet as they add routes to Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, providing more jobs and development potential for our city and province."

With the addition of the non-stop Winnipeg / Hamilton route, WestJet will offer 25 daily flights on 20 non-stop routes from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

In addition, WestJet is now Edmonton International Airport's largest air carrier with almost 75 per cent more seats than the next largest carrier. Overall, WestJet's guests in Edmonton have a total of 55 daily departures to 28 different WestJet destinations to choose from.

All flights will be operated on WestJet's Boeing 737NG aircraft featuring Plus, Canada's only system-wide, premium economy seating, and WestJet Connect, WestJet's inflight entertainment system connected directly to smartphone, tablet or computer. Almost 70 per cent of WestJet's Boeing fleet is now equipped with WestJet Connect.

All flights provide WestJet Rewards members the opportunity to earn WestJet dollars to be used towards the payment of a WestJet-marketed flight or a WestJet Vacations package (excluding taxes, fees and charges).

Details of WestJet's service:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Edmonton – Hamilton

Four times weekly

10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

3:35 p.m.

Jan 16 – April 29

April 30 – Oct 28

Hamilton – Edmonton

Four times weekly

7:00 a.m.

4:15 p.m.

9:08 a.m.

6:21 p.m.

Jan 16 – April 29

April 30 – Oct 28

Halifax – Hamilton

Daily

9:00 p.m.

4:55 p.m.

10:17 p.m.

6:10 p.m.

Jan 16 – April 29

April 30 – Oct 28

Hamilton – Halifax

Daily

4:30 p.m.

1:10 p.m.

7:34 p.m.

4:10 p.m.

Jan 16 – April 29

April 30 – Oct 28

Winnipeg – Hamilton

Three times weekly

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

1:32 p.m.

2:19 p.m.

Jan 17 – April 27

April 30 – Oct 26

Hamilton – Winnipeg

Three times weekly

7:25 a.m.

3:00 p.m.

8:57 a.m.

4:31 p.m.

Jan 17 – April 27

April 30 – Oct 26

 

Introductory one-way fares are available starting from:

Departing

Arriving

Air transportation
charges (ATC)

Taxes, fees and charges

Total
one-way price from

Base fare from

Other ATC

 

Hamilton

Edmonton

$90.00

$23.00

$50.00

$163.99 CAD

Edmonton

Hamilton

$106.00

$23.00

$45.43

$174.43 CAD

Hamilton

Halifax

$32.00

$23.00

$43.45

$98.45 CAD

Halifax

Hamilton

$30.00

$23.00

$44.89

$97.89 CAD

Hamilton

Winnipeg

$32.00

$23.00

$43.45

$98.45 CAD

Winnipeg

Hamilton

$39.00

$23.00

$36.83

$98.83 CAD

 

*Book by November 17, 2016 for travel for Hamilton/Edmonton on Wednesdays, from Hamilton/Winnipeg on Tuesdays and Hamilton/Halifax on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from January 17, 2017 to April 30, 2017. Some restrictions apply. See www.westjet.com/hamilton for full details.

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Directly aimed at NewLeaf with lower base fares & no apologies offered!! Hamilton loads have been modestly encouraging to NL from what I've heard, so the WS response isn't surprising.

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5 hours ago, AIP said:

sounds rather predatory

Surely you are kidding, B)

 

Air Canada accused of predatory pricing Add to ...

Keith McArthur

KEITH McARTHUR Transportation Reporter

Published Friday, Sep. 08, 2000 12:00AM EDT

Last updated Saturday, Mar. 21, 2009 6:37PM EDT

CanJet Airlines has accused Air Canada of using its dominance to ground the country's newest airline less than three days after its first flight.

The discount carrier, a division of Halifax-based IMP Group Ltd., filed a complaint yesterday with the federal Competition Bureau, accusing Air Canada of predatory pricing and asking for a cease-and-desist order against the Montreal-based carrier.

The complaint relates to Air Canada slashing fares last week on routes flown by CanJet, which made their debut Tuesday. CanJet said the fare reductions -- up to 79 per cent off Air Canada's regular one-way ticket price -- apply only to flights departing around the same time as CanJet flights.

"It certainly is clearly activity aimed at CanJet and trying to minimize our impact in the marketplace, which ultimately is aimed at trying to make sure we don't get established," said Mark Winders, CanJet's chief operating officer.

Air Canada says the cuts reflect its policy of being competitive in pricing in all the markets it serves.

The federal government brought in new rules last month to prevent Air Canada from using its dominance to muscle out competitors with money-losing flights.

André Lafond, deputy commissioner with the Competition Bureau, said it is too early to comment on the complaint.

Calgary-based WestJet Airlines Ltd. filed a similar complaint with the bureau in May after Air Canada slashed prices and expanded capacity between Moncton and Toronto following WestJet's announcement of a service between Moncton and Hamilton.

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Now, if Hamilton were to get its poop-in-a-group and put in a jetway or two, WestJet might just stick around this time!

Edited by Maverick
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WestJet has always been around. They didn't expand as they want as yhm authorities didn't want to expand the airport to accommodate.

Maybe this time they will realize that they need to upgrade to get business. 

Cheers

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1 hour ago, Boney said:

WestJet has always been around. They didn't expand as they want as yhm authorities didn't want to expand the airport to accommodate.

Maybe this time they will realize that they need to upgrade to get business. 

Cheers

It has to come down to: cost of upgrades - revenue from WestJet.  If the result is a negative amount for the airport then.... the expansion should not happen. 

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11 hours ago, AIP said:

sounds rather predatory

I was going to post bunch of financials from the early 2000's showing hundreds of millions in losses quarter after quarter but the articles they linked to were..... sad. 

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7 hours ago, CanadaEH said:

14 weekly flights x 80% LF (109 seats) = 1526 passengers x $25 AIF = $38,150 x 52* weeks (1/2 year) = $1.98M revenue

That would build some additional lemonade stands but would not go very far to pay for an airport expansion based on increased WestJet traffic. 

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I wonder how long this will last.

Flight prices in Canada down 23% on routes served by low-cost carrier NewLeaf

 Reid-Fiest_CROP      By Reid Fiest      
Global National Alberta Correspondent  Global News    

Reid Fiest / Global News
NewLeaf Travel has already flown 1,000 flights since taking to the sky with Flair Air in July, transporting some 100,000 passengers, and Global News wanted to find out if the company is having any impact on Canada’s pricey domestic fares.

The travel app Hopper crunched some numbers and found that on routes NewLeaf flies, fares are down about 23 per cent across all airlines.
Hopper’s Patrick Surry found even the thought of a competitor caused players like WestJet and Air Canada to flinch, dropping rates.
“Certainly it’s a good time for these innovative business practices to be coming in and people to be trying different things and figuring out some ways to serve Canadians better.”Boarding a flight from Halifax, N.S. to Hamilton, Ont. Izabella Drogosiewicz said NewLeaf Travel is shaking up the airline scene in Canada.

“Well it’s easy on the pocket book, to slash the price in half, why not?”Jason Cernic agreed:
“I booked my flight yesterday, it was $200 return.”He said the same flight would typically cost him $600 to $700.  
However, NewLeaf’s flights haven’t been without some turbulence.

It dropped flights in Regina, Saskatoon and Victoria this fall, but may bring them back if demand rebounds.

The company – with just three full-time aircraft – is also facing increased competition from competitors, not only on fares, but routes only NewLeaf flies, according to company president Jim Young.

“I think first of all, competition is good for Canada, and it’s good for the Canadian consumers,” Young told Global News.
“We've brought meaningful competition to the marketplace.”
Calgary-based WestJet says it already is—and will continue to give—its customers options at lower costs in response.“As more airlines come in, competition, absolutely is a good thing,” WestJet’s Richard Bartrem said.
“But we will defend our position as Canada’s low-fare leader.”

Skies are expected to be even more crowded with Calgary-based Enerjet aiming to be in the air within six months.

The government of Canada recently announced changes to ownership rules, allowing up to 49 per cent to be money from foreign investors.

Enerjet’s Darcy Morgan says the company has been courting an American investor, with experience funding successful U.S. low-cost carriers.

“These people know about the best practices for operating a low-cost airline and they can help bring those best practices to us,” Morgan said.

Canada Jetlines Inc. is another entrant looking outside the country for investors.

The hope is all three may bring the competition needed to finally bring down the cost of domestic travel.
 

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