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WestJet Poised to Become the Most Popular Airline Along the Canada-Mexico Corridor

WestJet Poised to Become the Most Popular Airline Along the Canada-Mexico Corridor


Today, WestJet announced plans to increase service this winter between Vancouver (YVR) and a plethora of Mexican vacations destinations: Cancun (CUN), Los Cabos (SJD), Ixtapa (ZIH), Puerto Vallarta (PVR), Mazatlán (MZT), and Huatulco (HUX). Three of these destinations — Ixtapa, Mazatlán, and Huatulco — are new. The other three will see increased service.


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"We are thrilled to bring more opportunities for our guests across B.C.'s Lower Mainland, to seamlessly connect to their favorite destinations across Mexico this winter," mentioned WestJet Vice-President Chris Avery.




The airline notes that this new winter schedule will see a 14% increase in capacity from Vancouver to Mexico, more than any other airline in Vancouver. Additionally, the airline is launching flights from nearby Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) to Puerto Vallarta and San José del Cabo, adding to the overall total of Mexican destinations served from Greater Vancouver by WestJet. 


The New Routes


RoueFrequencyLaunch Date
Vancouver - Cancun9x weeklyYear-round
Vancouver - Huatulco4x weeklyOctober 29
Vancouver - Puerto Vallarta9x weeklyYear-round
Vancouver - Ixtapa1x weeklyDecember 22
Vancouver - Mazatlán2x weeklyNovember 3
Vancouver - Los Cabos11x weeklyYear-round
Abbotsford - Puerto Vallarta2x weeklyDecember 5
Abbotsford - Los Cabos1x weeklyDecember 4




Photo: AeroXplorer | Dylan Campbell


This follows WestJet's previous announcement in July revealing their bolstered winter schedule to international beach destinations from numerous Canadian airports featuring new routes such as Edmonton (YEG) – Montego Bay (MBJ), Toronto (YYZ) – Bonaire (BON), and Winnipeg (YWG) – Huatulco. This move is all part of WestJet's growth strategy to provide more affordable leisure and sun travel opportunities.




Prior to the Vancouver announcement, the airline posted that they will have 85 daily departures on average to "sun" destinations from Canadian airports this winter, the most by any Canadian airline.

Davis Turner
Planespotter and aviation journalist from the San Francisco Bay Area. Davis has previously worked on business plan research with StartupBoeing and historical analysis with Ricondo and Associates. Davis will be a freshman in college this fall, based in Chicago.

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