Less than a year after the service first launched in Fredericton, WestJet today announced an expansion to their operations in New Brunswick’s capital city.
Starting March 5, WestJet will fly to Toronto three times daily. These new flights departing in early morning and arriving back in Fredericton in the late evening offer greater flexibility for business travellers who want same-day return trips, and more choices for people looking to connect to sun destinations, the United States, and across the WestJet network.
Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial, says “It’s always a great day when we can offer our guests more options in their travel schedules. Fredericton is a key market for WestJet and we are confident that the enhanced schedule will be welcomed by business and leisure travellers alike.”
“Our business community has told us that they need those connections to the full WestJet network,” adds Johanne Gallant, President and CEO of the Fredericton International Airport Authority (FIAA). “The timing of these flights is ideal for travelers going to destinations throughout North America.”
WestJet launched service in Fredericton on April 15, 2015 with two flights daily to Toronto. “Expanding service so soon after opening the station here is a powerful demonstration of how strong the Fredericton market is for WestJet.” Gallant points out.
The FIAA recently reported a 10 per cent growth in traffic for 2015, which was its sixth consecutive year of record-breaking growth.
“This strength comes from our community. The Fredericton region has innovative businesses who work with global markets as well as residents who value the opportunities provided by travel,” says Gallant, adding “we truly need to thank all our partners, especially the City of Fredericton, both for supporting the airport and for doing a great job of bringing in the tourism and conference traffic that helps to bring traffic through our airport and boost the region’s economy.”
Today’s announcement underscores the need to expand the terminal building at the Fredericton International Airport, which is already operating 75 per cent over the capacity it was designed to accommodate. Plans for the terminal expansion are nearing completion, and the FIAA continues to work with partners at the provincial and federal levels of government to secure the funding needed for this project.
The Fredericton International Airport serves 350,000 passengers annually and offers direct daily service to the major hubs of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Halifax, along with seasonal service to Cancun, Varadero, and Holguin.