FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nanaimo, British Columbia (July 27, 2015) —WestJet today announced the launch of new nonstop daily service between Nanaimo and Edmonton. The service will be operated by WestJet’s fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

“The community has been asking for this service for several years, so we are thrilled to make this announcement today,” said Mike Hooper, President and CEO of the Nanaimo Airport. “The YEG and YCD teams have been working toward this milestone announcement.”

With this new service travellers can fly either point-to-point between Nanaimo and Edmonton, or conveniently connect in Edmonton to other Canadian or worldwide destinations.

“The Edmonton Metro Region gains leisure and trade opportunities in Nanaimo, and Nanaimo gains access to our network of 60 non-stop flights across Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. Edmonton is a key gateway for Nanaimo residents who commute by air to northern Alberta and northern Canada, and it’s also a great destination for shopping, recreation and access to the Northern Rockies,” says Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport.

The new daily flight starts Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Arriving in Nanaimo at 1:51pm and departing for Edmonton at 2:25pm. This will be in addition to WestJet’s two daily and Air Canada’s daily flight to Calgary, and eight daily Air Canada Express flights from Nanaimo to Vancouver in the summer schedule.

“Developing service is key to Nanaimo Airport’s continued growth to ensure safe, reliable transportation for Central Vancouver Island residents,” shares Hooper. “This announcement is a major indicator of how strongly the Mid-Island region is supporting WestJet Encore service.”

In the first six months of 2015, the Nanaimo Airport has enjoyed 13.9% passenger growth.