FORT ST. JOHN (NEWS1130) – WestJet is entering the regional airline market with an aggressive undercutting of Air Canada’s prices and an innovative new route in BC.

Its new airline, Encore will have BC cities as its first destinations: Victoria, Nanaimo and Fort St. John, using Bombardier twin-engine turboprop planes.

Encore is creating a new daily nonstop route, Nanaimo to Calgary. The all-in price for a one-way flight will be about $128,  $63 less than Air Canada which has a stop in Vancouver.

WestJet Encore’s all-in price for Vancouver to the energy hub city of Fort St. John will be about $156. Air Canada will cost $67 more. And for Vancouver-Victoria, Encore at about $82 will be $11 less than Air Canada.

These comparisons are based on WestJet’s news release and the Air Canada Web site for flights on June 24th, the day Encore begins service.