Canadian carrier WestJet resumed seasonal non-stop service in between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and San Diego International Airport (SAN). This is WestJet’s second flight to a southern city in California, along with a flight from Calgary that takes place twice a week. Let’s explore further.
On Friday, authorities at San Diego International Airport announced that WestJet had resumed its seasonal non-stop flight from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. WestJet is operating this route for the first time in two years after a temporary suspension due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Non-stop flights are operated twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays through September.
Kimberly Becker, president of the San Diego County Regional Airport and CEO said
“I welcome seasonal non-stop flights to Vancouver on WestJet. This is an important itinerary as it allows travelers to visit western Canada as well as connect with other North American itineraries across Canada. We appreciate that WestJet has resumed travel to Vancouver. ”
Last September, WestJet resumed communication between San Diego and Calgary after a break due to the pandemic crisis.
The airline is deploying its Boeing 737-800 fleet on both routes to San Diego. WestJet has 37 jets of this model.
Westjet has launched flights to San Diego from Vancouver after a two-year hiatus. Photo: Getty Images.
San Diego International Communications
According to Cirium, San Diego currently operates 53 international flights a week.
Air Canada operates the largest number of international flights to San Diego, operating twice a day from Vancouver and once a day from Toronto.
In March, Lufthansa was one of the last operators to start service in San Diego, launched a non-stop flight from Munich aboard his Airbus A350-900.
According to data released by the airport authorities, in 2022 San Diego had 154,180 international passengers. Compared to 2021, the number of passengers increased by 324.5%. However, compared to 2019, the airport is still 53.2% lower than before the pandemic.
A new terminal is currently under construction in San Diego. We wrote about it here. Photo: San Diego International Airport.
San Diego performance in 2022
In total, in 2022, San Diego had 6.05 million travelers, which is still 21.3% below traffic levels before the pandemic.
As for cargo, the airport had 45,651.9 tons of both planned and planned cargo. San Diego has restored about 86% of freight levels before the pandemic.
Airport authorities are looking forward to a stronger recovery in the coming months. From May to August, four airlines will open five new routes. These are:
- Allegiant – Sioux Falls. Starting service from May 19, 2022, two flights a week on this summer seasonal route.
- Air Canada – Montreal. The first visit is scheduled for today, May 20, and the first flight – for tomorrow. Two or three flights a week.
- Spirit – Auckland. Beginning May 25.
- Delta – Boston. Starting July 11th.
- Believer – Right. Beginning August 18th.
In addition, Southwest plans to resume two additional routes in the coming months. The carrier will resume flights to El Paso, Texas, on June 5 and to Portland on September 11.
By adding these flights, San Diego expects to increase capacity by approaching the level it had in 2019.
By August 2022, the airport expects to have a capacity of only 3% below the level of 2019 (for comparison, in May it is a decrease of 13.3%).
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