WestJet adds bigger plane to P.E.I. for 2014

Ryan Ross
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Doug Newson, the Charlottetown Airport Authority’s CEO

With P.E.I. 2014 celebrations already underway, at least one airline is planning for more visitors to the province this summer by adding seats to some of its flights.

Doug Newson, the Charlottetown Airport Authority’s CEO, said WestJet has decided to increase the size of the plane it uses on a second daily flight the airline is adding to its summer schedule.

“Hopefully we can fill the seats,” he said.

In recent years WestJet has been adding flights in and out of Charlottetown every summer to take advantage of the busier tourist season.

Last year WestJet used a 737-700 jet for the added daily overnight flights to and from Toronto during the peak season.

Those jets hold 136 seats, but this year the airline will use a bigger 737-800, which has 174 seats.

That will increase the total number of seats on WestJet flights from 272 to 310 each way per day from June 27 to Sept. 2.

Newson said WestJet is coming off one of its best years in Charlottetown and the airport authority has been in discussions with all of the airlines about what could be increased demand because of the P.E.I. 2014 celebrations.

“Everybody’s fairly optimistic about 2014 being a good year so again I think the combination of last year’s results with all the exciting things happening this year is probably why they’ve decided to increase their capacity in Charlottetown,” he said.

With WestJet’s larger plane it could mean more people going through the Charlottetown airport, which will increase the amount the airline pays, Newson said.

“It’s all good news. The more seats we have the more potential for tourism visitation to increase and for Islanders who need to go somewhere.”

Newson said Air Canada plans to announce its summer schedule in the next few weeks.

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Organizations: WestJet, Charlottetown Airport Authority, Islanders Air Canada

Geographic location: Charlottetown, P.E.I., Toronto

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  • Islander
    January 24, 2014 - 08:48

    Mark they do not care about the poor guys who have to leave their families and home and have to use this way of travel all they care about here is the "Big Show They Can Put On For The Big Shots In 2014" its all about show not about the ordinary man or woman using these flights to fly back and forth for work in Alberta.

  • vick
    January 24, 2014 - 06:19

    Now if we could only get westjet to keep a flight everyday all winter as well! Best airline out there by far!

  • BUDDY
    January 24, 2014 - 04:22

    WHAT GOOD IS WEST JET... WHEN THE SUMMER ENDS THEY ONLY FLY TO P.E.I. THREE TIMES A WEEK...GET THEM TO FLY HERE EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR THEN YOU WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO BRAG ABOUT MR. NEWSON.

  • mark
    January 23, 2014 - 22:00

    This has nothing to do with 2014. This has to do with more people going to and coming from Alberta.

    • 2014
      January 24, 2014 - 04:27

      So you're saying it has absolutely nothing to do with the year it is happening in, and that is completely irrelevant, they could do this in 100 years and that would not have anything to do with the time it happens, almost like time does not exist and only places do, like if this happened in 361 BC that would not have one single thing do with it, Genghis Khan and some of his women could have filled that plane but it would have nothing to do with the amazing fact a 737-800 existed in the 1200's, only that he was going to and returning from Alberta. It could be a plane full of Borg and that wouldn't impress you because, heck who cares about the fact it's in the future, it only matters because they work in Alberta.. I'm starting to think you love Alberta, maybe you should go there and marry it.

    • mark
      January 24, 2014 - 12:56

      @2014. They do not add bigger planes to a route on a hunch. They add them for the demand of passengers flying in and out. What a bad business practice to do everything on a hunch or a gamble. By the way, not a big fan of Alberta. I am already married.

    • 2014
      January 24, 2014 - 14:19

      Touché