Jetlines (CJL, Vancouver Int'l) has announced it has settled on Abbotsford to be its western Canada hub. In a statement, the nascent ultra-low-cost-carrier said it plans to commence service from Hamilton, ON to Abbotsford during the summer of 2018, with continued development of the network after that.

“Jetlines is thrilled to expand the network to the west coast of Canada," Stan Gadek, CEO of Jetlines said. "The addition of the Abbotsford International Airport extends Jetlines' reach allowing greater access to large populations."

Gadek later told Canada's Globe & Mail newspaper that Jetlines would launch with four instead of six B737-800s. The CEO said in an interview that flights are provisionally scheduled to begin on June 1, 2018, from Hamilton only and not Kitchener as previously expected.