Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW
Airline joined by Alberta political and tourism leaders in opening key economic, cultural and social ties with France
CALGARY, May 17, 2019 /CNW/ – With the departure of flight 10, WestJet today became the only airline to operate a non-stop route between Paris and Calgary. The airline’s newest route, along with its codeshare partnership with Air France, provides historic new access between Western Canada and Europe. Canadian business and leisure travellers now can fly to and from 11 cities in greater Europe including Rome, Venice, Athens and Lisbo through WestJet’s Air France codeshare partnership from Paris. Today’s flight is the second of three 787-dreamliner inaugurals that are central to WestJet’s global strategy and selection of Calgary as its initial Dreamliner hub.
“WestJet’s first non-stop flight from Calgary to Paris opens up a key market for inbound tourism to Western Canada and easy and unique travel opportunities throughout Europe for Western Canadians,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “We are proud to be Calgary’s biggest airline and will continue to invest in our operations and infrastructure to benefit the economy, tourism and markets in Calgary and Western Canada.”
The service operating between Calgary and London, Paris and Dublin will support 650 full-time jobs and $100 million in total economic output. This is in addition to WestJet’s yearly economic output of more than $5 billion and support of more than 32,000 direct and indirect jobs in Alberta. Overall WestJet’s national economic impact on Canada annually generates $17.4 billion and supports more than 153,000 jobs.*
Details of WestJet’s new non-stop Dreamliner service:
|Calgary – Paris||Four times weekly||7:35 p.m.||12:20 p.m. + 1||May 17, 2019|
|Paris – Calgary||Four times weekly||2:20 p.m.||3:45 p.m.||May 18, 2019|
By June 2019, WestJet will offer flights to 67 non-stop destinations with an average of 975 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.
*The Economic Impact of WestJet (2019) B787-900 International Scheduled Air Services: Calgary Dublin, London, Paris Prepared by RP Erickson and Associates
“WestJet’s non-stop flights between Calgary and Paris offer significant opportunities for Calgary’s robust tourism industry, which welcomes over 7.7 million visitors annually,” said Cindy Ady, CEO of Tourism Calgary. “Thanks to this new connection, we have enhanced opportunities to showcase our city’s unique offerings to more visitors and elevate Calgary’s reputation as the ultimate host city.”
“This is a huge win for Alberta. These direct flights to Europe open up access to new markets for Alberta businesses, while making it even easier for investors to come to our province,” said the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, Government of Alberta. “It’s also a big boost for our tourism sector—and our government is proud to stand behind Alberta-based businesses like WestJet who are pounding the pavement to sell Alberta as a key destination and showing the world that Alberta is open for business.”
“WestJet’s new Dreamliner routes open up extensive markets for the Calgary business community to connect with a wider global customer base,” said Sandip Lalli, President and CEO of Calgary Chamber of Commerce. “WestJet’s ongoing business developments are a true testament of their reputation as a successful Albertan business operating internationally.”
“From downtown Calgary to Paris’ Champs-Elysees in about nine hours, we’re excited for this new direct flight to France. Congratulations and thank you to WestJet for their significant investment that contributes to economic growth in Calgary and Alberta,” said Rob Palmer, Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President, Finance, of The Calgary Airport Authority.”