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Not that familiar with the current WestJet service to smaller communities, will this be taking away from their present structure or ? 

WestJet introduces WestJet Link

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WestJet to serve Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George via a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines

CALGARY, Nov. 24, 2017 /CNW/ - WestJet today introduced WestJet Link, a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Pacific Coastal Airlines.

WestJet Link will connect Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George to WestJet'’s rapidly expanding network hub at...

Using Pacific Coastal Airlines' aircraft painted in WestJet colours, WestJet Link will connect the communities of Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George to WestJet's rapidly expanding network hub at the YYC Calgary International Airport. These new routes will add to WestJet's existing leadership position in Calgary, offering more flights and seats to more destinations than any other airline.

All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft will include six seats available in WestJet Plus, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

Details of WestJet's new year-round nonstop service:

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Route

Frequency

Days*

Effective

Calgary – Lethbridge

Three times

Daily

March 7, 2018

Calgary – Lloydminster

Once

Daily

March 14, 2018

Calgary – Medicine Hat

Three times

Daily

May 31, 2018

Calgary – Cranbrook

Three times

Daily

March 7, 2018

Calgary – Prince George

Once

Daily

March 14, 2018

 

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Reduced frequency on weekends and some holidays

Introductory one-way fares to/from Calgary are available starting from:

 

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Departing

Arriving

Air transportation charges (ATC)

Taxes, fees
and charges

Total one-way
price from*

Base fare
from

Other ATC

Lethbridge

Calgary

$60.00

$12.00

$26.83

$98.83

Calgary

Lethbridge

$60.00

$12.00

$42.58

$114.58

Lloydminster

Calgary

$87.00

$12.00

$12.43

$111.43

Calgary

Lloydminster

$87.00

$12.00

$43.93

$142.93

Medicine Hat

Calgary

$75.00

$12.00

$11.83

$98.83

Calgary

Medicine Hat

$75.00

$12.00

$43.33

$130.33

Cranbrook

Calgary

$64.00

$12.00

$22.83

$98.83

Calgary

Cranbrook

$64.00

$12.00

$42.78

$118.78

Prince George

Calgary

$69.00

$12.00

$37.78

$118.78

Calgary

Prince George

$69.00

$12.00

$43.03

$124.03

 

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Book by December 4, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT) for travel between March 7 & June 27, 2018. For Medicine Hat travel from May 31 – June 27, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new for more information.

For today only, connecting one-way fares to/from Toronto are available at special prices with limited quantities for the new additions to the WestJet network:

 

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Departing

Arriving

Air transportation charges (ATC)

Taxes, fees
and charges

Total one-way
price from*

Seats
Available

Base fare
from

Other ATC

Lethbridge

Toronto

$97.00

$23.00

$29.23

$149.23

500

Toronto

Lethbridge

$97.00

$23.00

$51.90

$171.90

500

Lloydminster

Toronto

$112.00

$23.00

$14.23

$149.23

200

Toronto

Lloydminster

$112.00

$23.00

$53.85

$188.85

200

Medicine Hat

Toronto

$112.00

$23.00

$14.23

$149.23

500

Toronto

Medicine Hat

$112.00

$23.00

$53.85

$188.85

500

Cranbrook

Toronto

$101.00

$23.00

$25.23

$149.23

500

Toronto

Cranbrook

$101.00

$23.00

$52.42

$176.42

500

 

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Book by November 24, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT) for travel between March 7 & June 27, 2018. For Medicine Hat travel from May 31 – June 27, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new for more information.  

QUOTES
"A CPA with Pacific Coastal underscores WestJet's commitment to offering more Canadians access to WestJet's low fares and growing network. 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."
Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial

"All of us at Pacific Coastal Airlines are excited and proud to be entering this relationship with WestJet. 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."
Quentin Smith, President, Pacific Coastal Airlines

"This new partnership between WestJet and Pacific Coastal will allow smaller communities within Alberta and British Columbia to take advantage of YYC's extensive route network. Bringing in new passengers from these communities provides more opportunities to support additional long-haul destinations and contributes greatly to WestJet's growth strategy out of YYC."
Bob Sartor, President and CEO for The Calgary Airport Authority

"Today's announcement represents a milestone that we've been striving towards for years. This partnership between two great companies, WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines, is a best case scenario allowing for the right-size aircraft, providing high frequency and timely connections to Calgary and WestJet's international network. In addition, we are pleased to announce we will reduce our Airport Improvement Fee in Cranbrook to four dollars for all flights booked on or after December 1, 2017, for travel on or after March 7, 2018. Welcome WestJet, you will soon see just how delighted we are to have you operating in the Kootenays."
Tristen Chernove, CEO, Elevate Airports   

"This is very exciting news for the City of Cranbrook and surrounding communities. Residents from the East and West Kootenay have been waiting for years for WestJet connections to Calgary giving access to destinations around the world.  This also opens up the world with easier access to the Kootenays. Pacific Coastal has been a great supporter of the Canadian Rockies International Airport and this solidifies their other routes with us. We will put concentrated effort into encouraging the public to take advantage of this added service."
Lee Pratt, Mayor of Cranbrook

"Lethbridge County is pleased with WestJet's decision to serve the Lethbridge Airport beginning in March 2018. The daily flights to Calgary will provide additional and convenient access for business and leisure travellers, further solidifying the Airport as a thriving air service centre. Calgary is a hub for travel around the globe, and with flights to and from the Lethbridge Airport this service will provide Southern Alberta yet another opportunity to access a gateway to the world. As we work toward growing the Airport and its services, this announcement will help us to achieve that goal."
Lorne Hickey, Reeve of Lethbridge County

"Today's announcement is very welcome news. Enhanced air service is something residents and the business community in Lethbridge have been requesting for a long time. Lethbridge is continuing to be noticed on a provincial and national scale for being a great place to live and do business, and enhanced air service was a previously missing piece of the puzzle."
Chris Spearman, Lethbridge Mayor

"The City of Lloydminster is elated to welcome WestJet to the Lloydminster region and we look forward to the many social and economic benefits linked to enhanced services at our municipal airport. In recent years, the City has invested in a number of modifications at our airport and we are confident WestJet will find our facility a comfortable and effective location from which to serve guests."
Gerald Aalbers, Lloydminster Mayor

"Having WestJet providing service from the Lloydminster Airport is a big win for our airport and our region. We have a fantastic staff operating and maintaining this facility and it has long been our shared vision to attract an internationally esteemed carrier such as WestJet."
Wade Frasz, Lloydminster Airport Manager

"We are excited to have WestJet offer direct service from Medicine Hat to Calgary. The City has been committed to increasing air service offerings to our residents, businesses and visitors. In our efforts to promote economic development and tourism, we've upgraded the airport terminal and apron and will continue to upgrade runways to make air travel more convenient and enjoyable."
Ted Clugston, Medicine Hat Mayor

"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. Calgary is the number one unserved market requested by the greater Prince George community."
John Gibson, President and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority

Pacific Coastal Airlines
A privately owned, British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport's South Terminal (YVR), Pacific Coastal is the third largest airline at YVR in annual takeoffs and landings. It flies to 15 airports and connects to more than 50 destinations in the province, from as far east as Cranbrook in the Rocky Mountains and as far north as Prince George and Masset on the legendary island of Haida Gwaii.

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When I saw Westjet Link I thought maybe the Westjet people were taking over the inter-terminal golf cart service at YYC.

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9 minutes ago, Fido said:

When I saw Westjet Link I thought maybe the Westjet people were taking over the inter-terminal golf cart service at YYC.

The world's biggest golf carts.

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3 hours ago, GTFA said:

It's like 1987 all over again. Please take a number and wait your turn...

The world is a whole different place than 1987. 

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I haven't seen recent numbers that reflect whatever a Saab 340 is going for in this year of our lord 2017 but the economics of the Saab 340 compared to the EMB-120 and DHC-8 were lousy a decade ago. Not sure where the ATR-42 fits in there, it never came up.

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Looked up their Aircraft and it shows that they operate two types. http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/2/CAS-SAC/olsrler.aspx?id=28-70&lang=eng

Aircraft Types
Aircraft Type    Maximum Weight (lbs)    Canadian Aviation Regulation (CAR)    VFR OTT    VFR Night    IFR    Passenger    Cargo
BEECH 1900 D        704    No    Yes    Yes    Yes    Yes
BEECH 1900 C        704    No    Yes    Yes    Yes    Yes
SAAB 340 A        705    No    Yes    Yes    Yes    Yes
SAAB 340 B        705    No    Yes    Yes    Yes    Yes

http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/2/ccarcs-riacc/RchSimpRes.aspx?cn=||&mn=||&sn=||&on=PACIFIC+COASTAL|&m=||

So far they only operate from the South Terminal, 

YVR Shuttle Service

Pacific Coastal Airlines is pleased to offer complimentary shuttle service between the South Terminal and Main Terminal.

Pick-up and Drop off Locations

  • South Terminal: outside the arrival doors at the south end of the building
  • International Terminal Building (ITB): exit the international arrival doors and go to Pillar #3
  • Domestic Terminal Building (DTB): arrivals level 2 (exit the doors by carousel #6)

The shuttle does not pick-up or drop-off at the float-plane terminal. Please contact your float-plane operator to discuss transportation.

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1 hour ago, j.k. said:

Maybe they could dig up and paint some clapped out Bandeirantes too and make this interesting...

As long as the aircraft have been well maintained and of course if the price is right, Joe Public will not care as long as he/she gets from A to B safely.  Re a paintjob, I have never heard a passenger refuse to fly on an aircraft with ugly paint.  Just imagine how much money could be saved by abandoning "fancy" paint jobs for ones that simply do what they are really there for ,protecting the aircraft skin and other exposed parts from the elements. 

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1 hour ago, Malcolm said:

As long as the aircraft have been well maintained and of course if the price is right, Joe Public will not care as long as he/she gets from A to B safely.  Re a paintjob, I have never heard a passenger refuse to fly on an aircraft with ugly paint.  Just imagine how much money could be saved by abandoning "fancy" paint jobs for ones that simply do what they are really there for ,protecting the aircraft skin and other exposed parts from the elements. 

There are thousands of customers that can not even tell you who they flew with let alone the color or type of aircraft. I think it is a fact that the "brass hats' and, to a degree, the employees  are the only ones who really care about livery and uniforms. The public want a CHEAP flight and that is their primary yardstick for flying with YOU...

Yes, a change ion livery is nice but if someone else is a nickel cheaper, they are going with that company....except for the freaky flyers and point gobblers.:P

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10 minutes ago, Super 80 said:

They can sure tell you if they think the plane looks like a Cessna to them.

I bet there are thousands that don't even know what a Cessna is ;):P

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Is anyone who has been watching the airline scene in Canada really surprised?  With up to 20 787-9’s coming the need for feed is important for success.  It makes sense to build the feed before, and not after, as there are too many examples in Canada of airlines operating WB’s and having little to no feed and trying to do it afterwards.  Never a dull moment in this business.

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Order No. 2017-A-202

November 27, 2017
 

APPLICATION by WestJet (applicant) for an exemption from the requirement to hold a domestic licence, small aircraft and a domestic licence, medium aircraft. 

 
Case number: 
17-05269
 

The applicant has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for an exemption from the requirement to hold a domestic licence, small aircraft and a domestic licence, medium aircraft to provide an enhanced domestic network using small aircraft and flight crew provided by a Canadian licensee pursuant to paragraph 8.3(1)(a) of the Air Transportation Regulations, SOR/88-58, as amended (ATR).

The applicant states that the proposed services will supplement it's Boeing 737 services within it's domestic and transborder network.

Paragraph 57(a) of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c. 10, as amended (CTA) provides that no person shall operate an air service unless, in respect of the service, the person holds a licence issued under Part II of the CTA.

Subsection 8.2(1) of the ATR states the following:

For the purposes of section 60 of the Act and subject to section 8.3, approval of the Agency is required before a person may provide all or part of an aircraft, with a flight crew, to a licensee for the purpose of providing an air service pursuant to the licensee's licence and before a licensee may provide an air service using all or part of an aircraft, with flight crew, provided by another person.

Paragraph 8.3(1)(a) of the ATR provides that such approval is not required if, in respect of the air service to be provided, the appropriate licence authority, charter permit and Canadian aviation document and the liability insurance coverage are in effect and that both the person providing an aircraft to the licensee and the licensee are Canadian, the person is a licensee and the air service to be provided is a domestic service or an air service between Canada and the United States.

The applicant's Licence No. 962156 authorizes it to operate a domestic service, large aircraft. The applicant's application is seeking an exemption from the requirement to hold a domestic licence small aircraft and a domestic licence medium aircraft.

The Agency has considered the matter and finds that the applicant's Licence No. 962156 authorizes it to operate a domestic service, large aircraft, and pursuant to this licence authority, the applicant already has the appropriate licence authority for the operation of domestic air services as required by subsection 8.3(1).

Consequently, there is no requirement for the applicant to hold an additional licence authority. Accordingly, the applicant's application to seek an Agency exemption from the requirement to hold a domestic licence, small aircraft and a domestic licence, medium aircraft is denied.

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This means nothing...  why did you underline “ATR” as this has nothing to do with an airplane unless that’s what you were thinking.  

Looks like they applied for something they already had LOL

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33 minutes ago, lvlchange said:

This means nothing...  why did you underline “ATR” as this has nothing to do with an airplane unless that’s what you were thinking.  

Looks like they applied for something they already had LOL

Dear Ivlchange:  The quote is   the agency news release and any underlining is theirs. It is just how this   quasi-judicial tribunal  does things. The underlined ATR of course is the Air Transportation Regulations that all air carriers are subject to.  As far as meaning nothing, this is the official ruling that allows WestJet to operate using a carrier who operates small aircraft, without such approval they would not be able to do so.  You might want to visit the CTA site and see exactly what their powers are .  Remember "Knowledge is power" :D cheers  https://otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/home

https://www.otc-cta.gc.ca/node/567495

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Same relationship as JAZZ, Sky REgional, Air Georgian etc have with Air Canada

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