Flights to Edmonton Resume in October

1 September 2022

Non-stop flights between Nanaimo and Edmonton are coming back, thanks to Nanaimo Airport’s strategic business relationships.

WestJet Encore will resume the service with three flights a week between the two cities starting on October 30. The airport has worked closely with WestJet to get the service restarted.

“We’re very pleased that our close working relationships with our airline partners continue to expand the traveling choices for the communities we serve,” says Nanaimo Airport President and CEO Dave Devana. “Service to Edmonton has been a popular request among our customers. WestJet recognizes the potential and is showing confidence in our airport, and our regional economy, by investing in this route.”

Central Island travelers can connect to many global destinations from Edmonton International Airport. They can leave their homes here in the morning and arrive at their destination later that day, making Nanaimo Airport their gateway to the world.

“The restart of these routes is another positive step in the restoration our network as we solidify WestJet as the reliable, friendly and affordable airline we are known to be,” says John Weatherill, WestJet executive vice-president and chief commercial officer.

Nanaimo Airport earlier this year welcomed the resumption of seasonal non-stop flights to Toronto, offered by Air Canada Rouge.

The country’s two major airlines also offer connections to Vancouver and Calgary. That means Island travelers can access the country’s main air travel hubs from Nanaimo Airport – without having to endure the hassle of ferry lineups or the added cost of a hotel stay.

“We’re the most convenient and affordable option,” says Devana.

The airport continues to work to attract even more routes. A five-year capital project plan will see millions of dollars in new infrastructure and improvements, creating new jobs and business opportunities.

“Our investments help ensure we can meet the demand for air travel for the next generation,” says Devana. “We’re already seeing a recovery as the country rebounds from the pandemic and travel restrictions.”