Calgary-based WestJet Airlines Ltd. announced on Monday that it will be taking its service in Quebec to new heights with the addition of 105 weekly flights from Montreal and Quebec City.

The airline says that represents a 74 per cent increase in service.

For the first time, WestJet will fly between two cities in Quebec, with four daily flights between Montreal and the provincial capital beginning June 15.

On March 15, WestJet will begin two daily flights between Montreal and Halifax, and in October two daily flights between Montreal and Boston will begin.

The airline is also boosting existing service out of Montreal. Direct flights to Vancouver will double to 12, while there will now be 19 weekly flights between Montreal and Calgary.

The Quebec City to Toronto service will now see three daily flights.

The airline will offer 195 weekly departures from Montreal and 50 from Quebec City when all the changes are implemented in October.

“Our unique brand of great service and low fares has been embraced across Canada for more than 20 years and today, WestJet is here to offer more choice and competition to the Quebec market,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President Commercial in a statement.

“The people in Quebec have traditionally been served by a legacy carrier and WestJet believes this significant additional investment in the province will give leisure and corporate travellers a choice in airlines and bring lower fares to more than 8.2 million Quebecers,” said Cummings.

“We look forward to flying hundreds of thousands of travellers to and from this beautiful province to enjoy the area and conduct business. As always, we are committed to making air travel in Canada better.”

All of the new routes will be operated by WestJet’s regional airline, WestJet Encore and its fleet of Bombardier Q400s. By the middle of next year, the regional airline will have a total of 45 aircraft.

Routes to Vancouver and Calgary will be on WestJet’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft.

Montreal Gazette