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WestJet bringing back flights to Calgary

WestJet is reintroducing direct flights between Prince George and Calgary as part of a partnership to increase direct service between smaller markets and the airline's hub at Calgary International Airport.
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WestJet is reintroducing direct flights between Prince George and Calgary as part of a partnership to increase direct service between smaller markets and the airline's hub at Calgary International Airport.

The new flights will be operated by WestJet Link, a partnership with Pacific Coastal Airlines. Pacific Coastal Airlines aircraft painted in WestJet colours will provide the service.

"We are very excited to have non-stop service between Prince George and Calgary again with service provided by WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines, both Prince George Airport partners," Prince George Airport Authority CEO John Gibson said in a press release. "Calgary is the number-one unserved market requested by the greater Prince George community."

The once-daily service will begin on March 14, just over two years since WestJet cancelled its direct flights between the cities in March 2016. Central Mountain Air also previously offered direct flights to Calgary, but suspended the service in October 2015.

Prince George Airport Authority spokesperson Robin Smith said the service will provide travellers from Prince George more options when travelling.

"Currently the majority of our travellers are connecting in Vancouver (to other destinations)," Smith said.

Since direct service to Calgary was cancelled, the airport authority has received frequent public feedback that it was wanted, "and we passed that on the airlines," Smith said.

Flights will be on 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft and will offer six WestJet Plus seats.

Until Dec. 4, special introductory rates will be available for travel between March 14 and June 27, 2018.

Other communities connected through the WestJet Link partnership are Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Cranbrook.

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