I'm happy that Westjet is adding more flights to YEG. I would absolutely love if they added more direct flights from Edmonton to Europe.
Good to have those flights but I'm not confident WS will be providing anything internationally from here given this statement in 2022 when the provincial government struck a partnership with them.
"In order to further enhance its growth strategy, WestJet plans to make a significant investment in aircraft capacity, with more than C$7bn in Calgary alone for fleet commitments to be based within the province.
"WestJet also plans to develop Calgary International Airport (YYC) as its single global connecting hub.
In addition, it will focus on bringing in all intercontinental 787 Dreamliner flying in the region to facilitate new routes within North America to Europe and also with the potential to reach Asia."
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said: “This is a blockbuster day for Alberta and a game-changer for our economy. Diversification and economic development are happening right here in Alberta.
“By choosing Calgary as its single global hub, locating its entire Dreamliner fleet here, and increasing its annual seat capacity by 80%, WestJet will massively improve global connectivity, tourism and options for passengers.”
But just like Trump keeps repeating lies until people believe them, I will echo Smith's statement again - Edmonton is a bit ahead of Calgary and she has plans to even things out.