Westjet planes at YLW.—Image credit: Capital News file

New ‘redeye’ flight takes off from YLW

Westjet offers overnight flight between Kelowna and Toronto.

The first WestJet “redeye” flight from Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) has taken off.

The debut flight left YLW at 12:05 a.m. Friday, and landed in Toronto at 7:15 a.m. Eastern time, allowing passengers to connect with more than 180 WestJet-operated and airline partner flights to destinations around the globe, including over 55 daily destinations throughout eastern Canada, the United States and Europe.

“This service greatly increases connectivity options for travellers,” said Sam Samaddar, YLW’s airport director. “It’s a great opportunity for our passengers to easily explore a number of destinations around the globe.”

The Westjet night flight is the second daily connection between Kelowna to Toronto offered by WestJet.

“The addition of a second daily flight between Kelowna and Toronto demonstrates our commitment to offer Canadians more flights and great service for their travel dollar,” said Lee Lipton, WestJet director of network and schedule planning.

Westjet has been flying out of Kelowna for the last 21 years.

As the 11 busiest airport in Canada handling 1.7 million passengers last year, YLW offers more than 60 daily non-stop commercial flights with seven airline partners to Canadian, U.S. and sun-spot destinations.

The airport has an estimated economic impact of $789 million and is responsible directly and indirectly for an estimated 4,545 jobs.