WestJet’s fu­ture plans could in­clude ex­pan­sion of Syd­ney-Toronto ser­vice year-round

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CHRIS SHAN­NON

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.

Pugliese

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