WestJet Link Launch Delayed As Pacific Coastal Not Ready

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Brian Znotins

WestJet has announced a three-month delay in the launch of WestJet Link, a service linking Calgary with five smaller centres in Alberta and British Columbia.

The service, originally scheduled to kick off in MAR, is the result of a capacity purchase agreement between WS and Pacific Coastal Airlines. That carrier is to operate the routes using 34-seat Saab aircraft painted with WestJet livery.

But Pacific Coastal isn't ready, with WS stating that the airline "continues their work in order to be fully able to meet WestJet's operational requirements." The launch dates for the new services have been pushed to JUN.

"WestJet apologizes to our guests for the inconvenience these delays may cause," said Brian Znotins, VP Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development.

"Impacted guests are being offered several different options including alternative transportation to Calgary to embark on their travel from there, obtaining a full refund or changing the date of travel. We again apologize to our guests for this inconvenience and look forward to the launch of our flights from Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George in June."

WestJet says it is in the process of contacting all guests whose itineraries have been affected.

Here are the WestJet Link routes and revised launch dates:

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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