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Updated: Jun 16, 2018

WestJet Announces Econo (Lowest) Fare.

WestJet annouces Econo (Lowest) fare option.

Following a similar move by Air Canada, WestJet is targeting occasional travellers with the launch of its new Econo (Lowest) fare class, offering the lowest price without extra amenities.

According to WestJet, the new unbundled fare option is designed for the value-seeking guest who doesn’t travel often.

The move follows the launch of Air Canada’s Economy Basic fare launched last week and takes place ahead of the June launch of several ultra-low cost carriers, including WestJet's own Swoop and Canada Jetlines.

Air Canada's Economy Basic Fare.

Air Canada is taking on competition from ultra low-cost carriers with its new Economy Basic fare.

Now available on select routes and flights within Canada, the new fare class is billed as Air Canada’s lowest fare.

The airline says the new Economy Basic is a restricted fare for Economy Class passengers looking for the lowest price, but with fewer options than Economy Tango fares.

Here’s a quick look at Economy Basic:


Complimentary carry-on baggage only


No changes are permitted.

Flights can only be used in sequence from the place of departure specified on the itinerary.


Tickets are non-refundable and are non-transferable.

Cancellations are not permitted.

Customers who no-show for their flight will forfeit the fare paid.

Air Canada will provide a full refund without penalty when passengers cancel a new ticket (i.e. when a new booking is made and passengers are assigned a booking reference) within 24 hours of purchase.

Air Canada AnnouncesYear-Round Flights From YVR To Delhi

VANCOUVER — Citing high demand Air Canada is expanding its seasonal 787 Dreamliner nonstop service between Vancouver and Delhi to new year-round flights starting June 8, 2018,

With fares now available for sale. Air Canada, say that customer response to the carrier’s nonstop Vancouver-Delhi seasonal flights, initially launched in 2016, has been extremely positive.

The flights to Delhi from the YVR trans-Pacific hub onboard state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner offer the shortest elapsed flying time from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles to the Indian subcontinent, and coupled with their streamlined and seamless connections process at YVR, means a savings of three to five hours compared to journeys connecting in Europe or Asia.

Flight AC44 will depart Vancouver Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 1:30 a.m., arriving the next day at 4 a.m.

On the return, flight AC45 will depart Delhi Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6:10 a.m., arriving at 7:30 a.m.

Air Canada’s 787-9 Dreamliners to India are configured in three cabins with 30 International Business Class lie-flat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 247 Economy Class seats.

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