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MIAMI — WestJet announced today new seasonal flights from Edmonton to Hamilton, Winnipeg and Kelowna, with service commencing on July 28, and ending on September 6, 2016.

The announcement comes day after Winnipeg-based startup NewLeaf  launched its postponed service to twelve Canadian cities next month, four of which will now face direct competition from WestJet.

“These routes have been on our radar for a while now and with the busy summer flying season upon us, we examined our fleet plans to see if there was extra flying we could provide,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial.

WestJet also announced a seasonal increase in the existing frequencies between Vancouver and Winnipeg, and Edmonton and Vancouver, during the period stated above. Flights operating between Vancouver and Winnipeg will now operate 24 times weekly, while the Edmonton – Vancouver route will be served 54 times a week.

Let the Games Begin… again

NewLeaf is a new player in a market that hasn’t been kind to new incomers. In the last 15 years, at least half a dozen carriers with different business models did not succeed in the long run. Some, such as Canada 3000 opted to merge, while others such as Jetsgo, Zoom and Skyservice just ceased operations.

The latest carrier to fail was Canjet. Last September, the charter carrier shut down after citing difficulties to find business opportunities that would secure its feasibility.