Saturday, October 3, 2009

WestJet Announces New Hawaii Service

WestJet Airlines Ltd. will offer non-stop flights to Hawaii from Calgary and Edmonton starting in March.

The eight week runs will offer non-stop flights from Calgary to both Maui and Honolulu, and Edmonton to Maui, through to the end of April. WestJet, Canada’s second-largest carrier, currently flies to Hawaii, but doesn’t offer non-stop flights.

The Calgary-based carrier will make the official announcement later today and said unlike its main competitor, it will offer non-stop flights from Edmonton to Maui.

The wait is related to aircraft availability. WestJet will take delivery of six new aircraft between now and March, part of its confirmed orders for 54 aircraft through 2016, and those aircraft will be used for the new flights and other new destinations on its winter schedule.

Earlier this year, Air Canada announced it will begin direct flights to Hawaii from Calgary in December. The carrier will offer up to five weekly flights from Calgary.

Canda's biggest airline already offers 15 weekly flights during peak winter from Vancouver to Hawaii.

(Gina Teel - Calgary Herald)

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