WestJet’s future plans could include expansion of Sydney-Toronto service year-round
WestJet Encore CEO Ferio Pugliese didn’t rule out the possibility of one day seeing WestJet’s current Sydney-to-Toronto seasonal route move to a year-round operation.
Direct flights from J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport to Pearson International began in 2009, and run from May to October each year.
“When we bring service in like this … and people start to utilize it, the market starts to expand. There’s no reason why you couldn’t see a seasonal service go year-round,” he told the Cape Breton Post.
There have been many cases where that has happened, including at airports in Atlantic Canada, Pugliese said.
“I can’t commit to you that that’ll happen immediately but that’s always very possible.”
Pugliese was at the Sydney airport Wednesday for the official launch of WestJet Encore’s year-round daily flights to Halifax.
He said WestJet has been “pleased” with the level of serv- ice it offers to Sydney. Pugliese also noted the passenger loads are “very good,” otherwise it would have cancelled the route years ago.
Currently, the price of a oneway direct flight from Sydney to Toronto can range anywhere from $286.49 to $309.49.
By connecting through Halifax using WestJet’s new Encore service to Toronto, fares are generally $257.74 to $342.84.
It took about five years of lobbying by the Sydney Airport Authority to finally land the direct service to the country’s largest city.