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Press release from CNW Group

WestJet announces new U.S. destinations

Monday, February 11, 2013

WestJet announces new U.S. destinations08:30 EST Monday, February 11, 2013Airline also increasing flights across Canada and to U.S., Mexico and CaribbeanCALGARY, Feb. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced the launch of new non-stop service between Toronto and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and between Calgary and Dallas, Texas, beginning this spring. Flights on both routes will be operated using the airline's fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft.Starting May 2, 2013, WestJet will introduce twice-weekly service on Thursdays and Sundays between Toronto and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Daily service between Calgary and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, will begin April 29, 2013. Flights for both services, featuring great introductory fares, will be available for purchase on February 11, 2013."We are very proud to announce our 19th and 20th U.S. destinations and our 82nd and 83rd destinations overall," said Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development."Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular destinations for Canadian vacationers, with more than 90 kilometres of picturesque beaches, world-class golf and warm southern hospitality," Chris Avery added. "The baggage capacity of our 737 aircraft is ideal for those travelling with golf clubs and our one free checked bag is popular with leisure travellers. Guests will be able to find a variety of packaged vacations featuring ocean-front resorts, condos and hotels through WestJet Vacations."Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the fourth-largest airport in the United States, as well as a major hub for WestJet's partner, American Airlines. WestJet's relationship with American Airlines will enable guests to access three round-trip flights a day between Calgary and Dallas, a key Western business route, as well as American's extensive network beyond Dallas."Our airline partnership strategy continues to complement our growing network and is opening many new markets for our guests," said Chris Avery.Details of WestJet's new non-stop twice-weekly (Thursday and Sunday) service between Toronto and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, are as follows:FlightDepartingArrivingEffective1154Toronto at 9:30 a.m.Myrtle Beach at 11:35 a.m.May 2, 20131155Myrtle Beach at 12:20 p.m.Toronto at 2:14 p.m.May 2, 2013Details of WestJet's new non-stop daily service between Calgary and Dallas-Fort Worth are:FlightDepartingArrivingEffective1554Calgary at 10:25 a.m.Dallas-Fort Worth at 2:58 p.m.April 29, 20131555Dallas-Fort Worth at 3:45 p.m.Calgary at 6:29 p.m.April 29, 2013Introductory one-way fares are:DepartingArrivingAir transportation charges (ATC)Taxes, fees and chargesTotal one-wayprice fromBase fare fromOther ATCCalgaryDallas-Fort Worth$139$7.50$81.89$228.39*CADTorontoMyrtle Beach$79$7.50$80.89$167.39*CAD*Some restrictions apply.  Please see westjet.com for full details.Within Canada, WestJet is also increasing the number of flights between Toronto and Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina, and will introduce new non-stop service between Toronto and Fort McMurray. The airline will also increase to two flights daily from one between Calgary and Los Angeles, and to 11 from seven flights weekly between Toronto and Orlando."Our increase in domestic capacity this summer season is a strategic decision aimed at improving our schedule for leisure and business travellers," said Chris Avery.Internationally, WestJet will extend service to Aruba, Liberia, Costa Rica, and Trinidad and Tobago on a year-round basis. The airline will also add one extra flight each week between Toronto and Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica, Varadero, Cuba, St. Martin, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and Cancun, Mexico.  WestJet Vacations' packages will be available on many of these routes.About WestJetWestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service to 83 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now has more than 9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of more than 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.Connect with WestJet on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westjetFollow WestJet on Twitter at www.twitter.com/westjetSubscribe to WestJet on YouTube at www.youtube.com/westjetAbout WestJet VacationsWestJet Vacations provides guests with affordable, reliable and easy-to-book travel experiences to 52 destinations in 18 countries, including the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Leveraging WestJet's fun and friendly image, extensive network and world-class guest experience, WestJet Vacations offers guests a great flight schedule and a wide variety of hotel and resort options to create fun and affordable vacation experiences. For more information, visit www.westjetvacations.com.SOURCE: WestJetFor further information: Media contact: Media Relations, 1-888-WJ-4-NEWS (1-888-954-6397), media@westjet.com.