A Q-400

A Q-400

WestJet now flies direct Nanaimo to Edmonton

For people planning to travel from the Central Island to Edmonton and beyond, life just got a little less complicated.

For people planning to travel from the Central Island to Edmonton and beyond, life just got a little less complicated.

As of Dec. 15 non-stop flights from Nanaimo to the capital of Alberta have been scheduled by WestJet, the Nanaimo Airport announced, making it easier for people to connect with flights to destinations around the world.

“Edmonton is one of WestJet’s main connection hubs, giving Island residents more access to sun locations and other destinations around the globe,” says the Nanaimo Airport release.

“Direct flights to and from Nanaimo Airport to Edmonton city take less than two hours.”

The new flight uses a 78-seat Q-400 aircraft. It leaves Edmonton daily at 12:45 p.m. local time, and departs from Nanaimo at 2:25 p.m.

”Developing service is key to Nanaimo Airport’s continued growth to ensure safe, reliable transportation for Central Vancouver Island residents,” said Mike Hooper, President and CEO of the Nanaimo Airport.

“We’re proud to be central Vancouver Island’s gateway to the world.”

Ferio Pugliese, executive vice-president of WestJet, said the company is glad to see the service airborne.

“We’re pleased to provide additional service to our guests in Edmonton and Nanaimo and the surrounding regions,” he said.

“We truly appreciate the support and loyalty they’ve shown to us over the years, and we look forward to continuing to grow our business in both markets in the years to come.”