June 25, 2013 3:29 pm

WestJet Encore touches down in Saskatoon

Canada’s newest regional airline officially touches down in Saskatoon.

Gage Fletcher / Global News

SASKATOON – Canada’s newest regional airline officially touched down at the John G. Diefenbaker Airport on Monday.

WestJet Encore’s brand new Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft arrived in Saskatoon for the first time to celebrate the launch of the airline.

“This flight fills a hole that was in our schedule previously, that there just isn’t enough demand to put another jet in, so the couponer can fill out our schedule and now we got more time-a-day coverage for everybody from Saskatchewan,” said WestJet President Gregg Saretsky.

The new aircraft holds 78 passengers and the flight time is an hour and 25 minutes both to and from Calgary.

WestJet operates five daily flights to Calgary from Saskatoon, one with the new Q400.

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