Canadian budget air carrier WestJet has announced it's adding two special nonstop flights between Winnipeg and Las Vegas on May 17 and May 20 to accommodate fans attending the NHL Stanley Cup semi-final series between the Winnipeg Jets and the Vegas Golden Knights.
WestJet's special flights will operate in both directions from Winnipeg to Las Vegas on May 17 and 20. Manitobans wishing to travel outside of these times can also fly nonstop from Winnipeg to Las Vegas, twice weekly this summer on Thursdays and Sundays or up to three times daily through Calgary.
WestJet is the only airline featuring non-stop service from Winnipeg to the McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas.
"WestJet is thrilled to support the Winnipeg hockey community and our WestJetters in their love of Canada's game," John Weatherill, WestJet Vice President, Pricing and Revenue Management and Chief Winnipeg Hockey Fan told the Canadian travel site travelpulse.com. "We look forward to flying the spirit of Canadian hockey to Las Vegas and welcoming fans on board our jets for a convenient nonstop flight."
WestJet says it could add more flights if needed.
The winner of this series will play in the Stanley Cup finals, facing off against the winner of the Washington-Tampa Bay series.
Barring any last minute adjustments, the teams will play on the following schedule:
Game 1: Saturday, May 12, Golden Knights at Jets (NBC, 4 pm PT)
Game 2: Monday, May 14, Golden Knights at Jets (NBCSN, 5 pm PT)
Game 3: Wednesday, May 16, Jets at Golden Knights (NBCSN, 6 pm PT)
Game 4: Friday, May 18, Jets at Golden Knights (NBSCN, 5 pm PT)
*Game 5: Sunday, May 20, Golden Knights at Jets (NBC, 12 pm PT)
*Game 6: Tuesday, May 22, Jets at Golden Knights (NBCSN, 6 pm PT)
*Game 7: Thursday, May 24, Golden Knights at Jets (NBCSN, 5 pm PT)