Getting to Fernie efficiently by air has been challenging–until now. On November 24, 2017, at the Canadian Rockies International Airport, WestJet introduced a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines.
Using Pacific Coastal Airlines’ aircraft painted in WestJet colours, WestJet Link will connect the community of Cranbrook, a one hour drive West of Fernie, to WestJet’s rapidly expanding network hub at the YYC Calgary International Airport.
“It’s wonderful to have a partner such as Westjet to open Fernie to the large domestic and international market that Westjest services.”
Scott Gilmet, Chair of Tourism Fernie Association
All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Flights from Cranbrook begin March 7, 2018, and will fly 3 times daily (with reduced frequency on weekends and some holidays). Book by December 4, 2017, for travel between March 7 and June 27, 2018, for special introductory fares.
“All of us at Pacific Coastal Airlines are excited and proud to be entering this relationship with WestJet. Our two airlines, both based in Western Canada, share many similar corporate and guest service values and we feel that this CPA is a perfect partnership to
link many new communities to the WestJet network.”
Quentin Smith, President, Pacific Coastal Airlines
“This new partnership between WestJet and Pacific Coastal will allow smaller communities within Alberta and British Columbia to take advantage of YYC’s extensive route network. Bringing in new passengers from these communities provides more opportunities to support additional long-haul destinations and contributes greatly to WestJet’s growth strategy out of YYC.”
Bob Sartor, President and CEO for The Calgary Airport Authority