Pen­tic­ton is ‘Westjetvil­le’ for a day

The Province - - News - BY LARISSA CAHUTE lc­[email protected]­p­rovince.com

Pen­tic­ton Mayor Dan Ash­ton has changed the name of his city to Westjetvil­le.

It’s in a bid to land WestJet’s new re­gional air­line at the Pen­tic­ton air­port.

The name change, though, is only for to­day.

“It’s just a procla­ma­tion for the com­mu­nity — we’re just show­ing WestJet that we have a keen in­ter­est in them con­sid­er­ing us in their new re­gional air­line,” Ash­ton said Wed­nes­day.

He’s hop­ing the name change will help Pen­tic­ton — or Westjetvil­le — stand out among the other ap­pli­cant cities. Ash­ton, along with two other staff, trav­elled to Cal­gary on Wed­nes­day to meet with WestJet man­age­ment.

But like ev­ery other Pen­tic­ton res­i­dent they had to or­ga­nize a car­pool, drive to Kelowna, find park­ing, pay for it, then fly out to Al­berta.

“The City of Pen­tic­ton has been very well served with [Air Canada’s] Jazz.” How­ever, Jazz no longer flies east out of the city, said Ash­ton.

To travel east out of Pen­tic­ton, the south Okana­gan’s 80,000-plus res­i­dents must fac­tor in the hour-long travel time and cost to the Kelowna air­port. Ash­ton be­lieves it would be much more ef­fi­cient to have the direct flight avail­able.

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