WestJet is adding 11 new domestic routes in Western Canada.

The new routes include flights between Toronto and Comox, Edmonton and Nanaimo, and Ottawa and Victoria, and eight new routes connecting the prairie provinces to tourism destinations in BC.

Westjet president and CEO Ed Sims says they view the coming months with optimism and their restart plan will be pivotal to the country’s economic recovery.

Sims says with one-in-ten Canadian jobs tied to travel and tourism, “the ripple effect benefits our whole country.”

According to Sims, “if Canadians were to shift two-thirds of their planned international-leisure travel spend towards domestic tourism, it would help sustain 150,000 jobs and accelerate recovery by one year.”

Among the factors behind the airline’s decision are the rollout of vaccines, months of learning appropriate virus precautions, and the coming summer vacation months for people to spend more time outdoors.

New routes:

Route 

Frequency 

Effective from 

Toronto – Fort McMurray 

2x weekly (Wed, Sun) 

June 6, 2021 

Kelowna – Saskatoon 

2x weekly (Thu, Sun) 

June 24, 2021 

Kelowna – Regina 

2x weekly (Thu, Sun) 

June 24, 2021 

Saskatoon – Victoria 

2x weekly (Thu, Sun) 

June 24, 2021 

Winnipeg – Victoria 

3x weekly (Thu, Sat, Sun) 

June 24, 2021 

Edmonton – Kamloops 

2x weekly (Thu, Sun) 

June 24, 2021 

Edmonton – Penticton 

2x weekly (Thu, Sun) 

June 24, 2021 

Edmonton – Nanaimo 

2x weekly (Fri, Sun) 

June 25, 2021 

Prince George – Abbotsford 

2x weekly (Fri, Sun) 

June 25, 2021 

Ottawa – Victoria 

1x weekly (Sat) 

June 26, 2021 

Toronto – Comox 

1x weekly (Sat) 

June 26, 2021