WestJet Encore brings Brandon on board

WestJet today announced the launch of new daily, non-stop service between Brandon, Manitoba and Calgary. The service will be operated by WestJet Encore’s fleet of Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft and bookings are available now on westjet.com for flights beginning September 3, 2013.

“We are very excited to name Brandon as our third WestJet Encore community,” said Ferio Pugliese, President, WestJet Encore. “Brandon has been an enthusiastic advocate of air service from the moment WestJet Encore was announced. Now residents of southwestern Manitoba will be able to leverage our network of 85 destinations in 18 countries for both leisure and business. In return, we believe Brandon and area will appreciate our unique blend of destinations, high value, low cost fares and our award winning guest experience.”

“I would like to welcome WestJet Encore to the Brandon area and congratulate everyone in the community who worked so hard to make this day a reality,” said Merv Tweed, MP for Brandon-Souris. “WestJet’s well known culture and friendly service will have a great partner in our community”.

“Today’s announcement is a true celebration of the Southwestern Manitoba community spirit and the dedication of our partners at WestJet to meet a market demand,” said Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst. “We are so excited to join the WestJet family and look forward to the world-class guest experience they will bring on board.”

Details of the new daily service between Brandon and Calgary are:

Flight Departing Arriving Effective
3242 Calgary at 9:50 a.m. Brandon at 12:50 p.m. September 3, 2013
3243 Brandon at 1:20 p.m. Calgary at 2:35 p.m. September 3, 2013

WestJet Encore will take delivery of its first two Canadian-built, 78-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft in June 2013 and add five more by the end of the year. WestJet has firm orders for a total of 20 Q400s and options for an additional 25 over the next six years.

WestJet is committed to the communities we serve.  This year the WestJet Fun ‘n Festival series will be at the Keystone Centre for the Manitoba Summer Fair June 6 to 10 offering the chance to win win five per cent, 10 per cent, 30 per cent or 100 per cent off the base fare of our flights.  Local charities will also be able to request a gift of flight voucher on westjet.com to aid in fundraising, in addition to the continued support for our six national charitable partners dedicated to the health and wellness of local children. Last year WestJet supported over 1300 Canadian charities.