Local passengers using the Canadian Rockies International Airport for their travel needs will have to wait a little longer to find out if WestJet’s new Encore Service will travel to the East Kootenay.
“While it would have been great to be one of the first communities to get WestJet’s new regional service, I am very optimistic that we will see WestJet coming to the Canadian Rockies International Airport,” says Mayor Wayne Stetski. “I wish to congratulate Fort St. John and Nanaimo, for getting the service to their communities.”
Tristen Chernove, managing director of the Canadian Rockies International Airport said, “We continue working with WestJet toward receiving their service here at YXC. While I can’t help but be a little disappointed that we weren’t the first,it’s great news that WestJet Encore is growing the western network as a priority and we should all remain optimistic. The best thing we can do to keep WestJet interested in our market is to use Pacific Coastal and Air Canada services whenever it makes sense to do so in order to keep growing the business case for WestJet Encore to be here.”
Stetski concurs. “The best way to encourage WestJet to bring their business to our region is for the people of the East Kootenay to use our local award-winning airport. Council is working on a new industrial zone around the airport to encourage the development of new aviation-based businesses,” he said.
In 2012, the passenger load through the Canadian Rockies International Airport rose by two percent to about 112,700. Also in 2012, the airport received the William Templeton Award for sustainability and marketing from the BC Aviation Council.
City of CranbrookTags: BC Aviation CouncilCanadian Rockies International AirportCity of CranbrookEncore ServiceFort St. JohnMayor Wayne StetskiNanaimoTristen ChernoveWestJetWilliam Templeton AwardYXC
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