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UPDATED: WestJet doubling service between Fort St. John and Vancouver

A WestJet Encore plane at the North Peace Regional Airport in June, 2013. Photo by Erica Fisher
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UPDATE: WestJet spokesperson Lauren Stewart has clarified that WestJet will be increasing the frequency of flights between Fort St. John and Vancouver immediately. Stewart said that service will be increased to two flights per day on weekdays and once daily on Saturdays and Sundays. A previous version of this article stated that the increase in service frequency would come into effect this summer.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — This morning WestJet announced that it will be doubling the number of flights between the North Peace Airport and Vancouver International Airport immediately.

The airline says that it will be increasing the number of flight between YXJ and YVR from six to twelve times per week. The company began once-daily flights from Fort St. John to both Calgary and Vancouver in 2013 and doubled the frequency of its flights to Calgary the following year.

“WestJet is again providing additional service to benefit both the business traveller as well as the leisure guest,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “Since 2013, we have invested in providing 40 per cent more capacity for our guests in the community. With today’s increases, we will have more than 80 daily departures, and that means increased connectivity as well as convenience. We are certain business travellers and vacationers alike will be pleased with the flexibility and timeliness our enhanced schedule provides.”

WestJet said that the increased service to Fort St. John is part of the airline’s seasonal schedule for the summer of 2018. In addition to the above increases to Vancouver service, WestJet is also adding additional flights from Calgary to Grande Prairie.

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