WestJet - Canada's Discount Airline With Cheap Flights From Vancouver
WestJet is still a relatively young airline. Founded in 1996, WestJet began operations with just 3 airplanes and 5 destinations and a staff of under 300 employees. Today, they have over 90 aircraft with plans to have up to 135 by 2017. They fly to over 70 destinations, have over 400 flights per day and 7,800 employees.
WestJet is one of North America's most profitable airlines and can be compared to the hugely successful SouthWest Airlines in the USA. They have used the business model of SouthWest as their own blueprint for success.
All aircraft operated by WestJet are Boeing 737's. As they add new aircraft, they are adding the modern and fuel efficient Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft. This philosophy of flying just one aircraft, the 737, has helped to keep maintenance and training costs lower than the industry standard.
WestJet Airlines Flight Routes
They fly to 30 cities across Canada, to 32 cities in the USA and 23 destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.
There are rumors of new flights being added to Central American destinations such as Costa Rica. If WestJet fly to Costa Rica it will most likely be to the northern destination of Liberia in the Guanacaste province WestJet to Liberia Costa Rica rather than the larger airport Juan Santa Maria SJO in Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose.
Flights to Chicago have been receiving a lot of promotion from the airline as they promote this new route. There were several WestJet seat sales after the announcement of Chicago flights.
Not as heavily promoted, Whitehorse is a new addition for the airline. They began seasonal service to Whitehorse (IATA code: YXY). Seasonal service is from May 17, 2012 to October 21, 2012.
WestJet have announced new flights to Puerto Rico that began on November 5, 2011 from Toronto to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The WestJet to Puerto Rico flights are non-stop, twice a week from Toronto (YYZ) to San Juan Puerto Rico (SJU).
Westjet now fly to Orange County (SNA) - Anaheim, California from Vancouver. Flights from Vancouver to Anaheim began May 2, 2011. To promote the new route, one-way fares were being offered with flights as low as $99 one way for a limited time! Cheap airline tickets to Orange County are also being offered for the route Calgary to Orange County.
WestJet now codeshare with American Airlines (began Feb 28 2011). This is great news for the airline as it expands their coverage of the USA. As the year progresses, expect more cities to be added to the codeshare agreement with American Airlines.
WestJet is known as Canada's discount airline. This does not mean the traveller is sacrificing quality for price, their excellent in-flight service and comfortable leather seating with personal televisions, set them apart from Canada's other major airline, Air Canada. Travellers searching for cheap flights from Vancouver to other cities in Canada, the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean should consider WestJet Airlines.
WestJet's longest flight is 8 hours and 2 minutes from Vancouver YVR to Montego Bay, Jamaica - MBJ.