WestJet is resuming its Kamloops to Edmonton connection, with twice-weekly flights between the two cities, beginning on June 24.
The flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays.
The return of the route is one of 11 new domestic routes WestJet has added across Western Canada, including flights between Kelowna and Saskatoon and Kelowna and Regina.
"As we look to the coming months with cautious optimism, we know our restart agenda will be pivotal to Canada's economic recovery," Ed Sims, WestJet’s president and CEO said in a release. "Stimulating air travel benefits all Canadians and supports those hardest hit; with one in every 10 Canadian jobs tied to travel and tourism, the ripple effect benefits our whole country."
The return of the Kamloops-Edmonton route comes after other routes have been started and cancelled locally.
On Jan. 23, Air Canada stopped its Kamloops to Vancouver flights. The company said it had continued to operate during the pandemic with less than eight per cent of normal passenger volumes and has reduced its workforce by 20,000 people and fleet by 79 aircraft.
That was followed by Pacific Coastal Airlines’ decision to introduce non-stop service between Kamloops Airport and Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal on Feb. 9. Those once-daily flights each way operate Sundays through Fridays. It is the only airline to fly between the two cities.
In early February, Central Mountain suspended its thrice-weekly flights between Kamloops and Prince George and said they may return in April.
WestJet Airlines continues its daily Kamloops-Calgary connection.