After being grounded due to COVID-19, WestJet Link service from Calgary to Mile Zero is back in the air.
WestJet becomes the only carrier providing nonstop service between the Peace Region and Calgary when planned service launches between Dawson Creek, B.C., and Calgary, come Sept. 8. The route was delayed more than 16 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When they called two years ago and let us know our business cases was a viable thing – we were over the moon. Then a couple months later – pandemic and COVID-19 postponed that,” says Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead to the Mirror.
South Peace MLA Mike Bernier agrees.
"Any time a business expresses interest in Dawson Creek it is encouraging - now it is up to Dawson Creek to use it," he said. "Connections to a major airport to use rewards and Air Miles do create less barriers to travel," he said.
The new service will operate four-times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Bumstead said the last month has been about planning for that first takeoff and landing come next month.
“Since they’ve been letting us know we are back going, we’ve been working on matters like logistics, getting baggage staff in place, plane de-icing plans and more, all getting all organized for the ongoing flights,” he said, adding the Calgary traffic north to DC was key in the business plan being green lit.
“The connection to Calgary is key – but it was the Calgary flights to Dawson Creek that builds the business case for the flights,” says Bumstead.