At a time, when many North America airlines citing skyrocketing fuel costs are trimming routes and suspending flights, WestJet is expanding its Peace Region service.
The Calgary-based airline is responding to pressure from Calgary corporations and, adding direct year round service to Grande Prairie this fall.
WestJet already flies directly to Grande Prairie out of Edmonton but, its service to Calgary includes a stop at Edmonton International.
The airlines public relations manager, Robert Palmer, says this region’s strong oil patch based economy is, driving the increased demand for direct service to Calgary.
However, WestJet also plans on adding direct flights from Calgary to Kamloops and, increasing the number of flights to the airlines existing network of sunspot destinations.
In this case, it cites as service increase factors the strong loonie and, the fact that an increasing number of Canadians own property, in the U.S. and the Caribbean.