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WestJet Encore announces first Maritime destination

WestJet Encore Q400
Aviation Tribune

WestJet announced today it will launch twice-daily, non-stop service between Toronto and Fredericton, New Brunswick, effective April 15, 2015.

Flights will be operated by WestJet Encore using its fleet of 78-seat, Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft.

“The launch of service to Fredericton marks WestJet Encore’s eastern-most destination to date,” said Ferio Pugliese, WestJet Executive Vice-President and President, WestJet Encore. “We are very pleased to bring our low fares, high-value and remarkable WestJet guest experience to the capital of New Brunswick for the first time, and we look forward to offering residents of Fredericton and the surrounding area the opportunity to take advantage of WestJet’s growing domestic, transborder and international network. WestJet Encore’s move eastward is part of a strategic plan to continue to liberate Canadians in smaller communities from the high cost of air travel, as WestJet has done throughout its 18-year history.”

“We are delighted Fredericton has been chosen as the first destination to receive WestJet Encore in the Maritime Provinces,” says David Innes, President and CEO, Fredericton International Airport. “Our region has tremendous vitality and access to WestJet service was identified by our passengers as a high priority during our Community Air Access Strategy discussions in 2013.”

WestJet Encore launched in June 2013 operating 10 departures daily to two destinations with two aircraft and 131 employees. Today, it operates 90 departures daily to 19 destinations with 12 aircraft and approximately 500 employees.

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