Category: Calgary YYC

New kiosks expected to ease process for international arrivals at YYC

News provided by CityNews1130.com

By Josh Ritchie | Posted May 21, 2019 | Updated May 22, 2019

  • 80 primary inspection kiosks will replace the 43 existing units.
  • The kiosks are expected to cut the arrival process in half.
  • The first 36 of 80 units will be ready to use for those passing through YYC on Wednesday.
(Jonathan Muma, 660 NEWS)

It’s about to get a whole lot easier for people arriving from an international destination at Calgary airport thanks to the installation of primary inspection kiosks.

80 kiosks will replace the 43 existing units, which is expected to cut the arrival process in half.

“You will no longer have to fill out the paper forms, so now in a very simple, self-serve kind of way, you can just go up to a kiosk and you can fill out more or less the same information and you can get through the customs experience very quickly,” says Michael Hayward, Vice President of Marketing and Guest Experience with the Calgary Airport Authority.

READ MORE: New kiosks to streamline international flight return process

If you want to make the process even easier, you can download the CanBorder eDeclaration app and then scan a QR code at one of the kiosks upon arrival.

As of Wednesday, the first 36 of 80 units will be ready to use for those passing through YYC’s arrivals, with the remaining units expected to be ready to go by June 4.

WestJet gives Calgary more Dreamliner

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Dreamliner flights to Maui available now

CALGARY, May 21, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will now fly between Calgary and Maui and will operate an additional day to London (Gatwick) this winter.  

As part of the schedule release, WestJet also announced the 787-9 Dreamliner will be operate daily service between Toronto and London (Gatwick) starting October 23, 2019.

WestJet revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will now fly between Calgary and Maui and will operate an additional day to London (Gatwick) this winter (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will now fly between Calgary and Maui and will operate an additional day to London (Gatwick) this winter (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Flying on the WestJet Dreamliner is a game changer in travel; guest feedback on the experience has been phenomenal,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “The Dreamliner was built for transoceanic routes with technology that reduces jetlag and leaves travellers feeling more refreshed upon arrival. With our custom cabins and award-winning service, guests are going to love the journey as much as the destination.”

“Our guests love travelling to Hawaii, and now their trip to Maui will be even more memorable with WestJet’s Dreamliner service to the island,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “Thank you to WestJet for another significant commitment to your Boeing 787-9 hub at YYC.”

“Our connection to the top destinations in the world for both business and pleasure is one of the many reasons Calgaryis such a dynamic, global city,” said Mary Moran, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development. “WestJet’s investment in its 787-9 Dreamliner fleet, and maintaining the aircraft in Calgary, is an economic driver for the city and we applaud the commitment to growing passenger routes for Calgary and the region.”

WestJet flies between Calgary and Maui up to six times weekly, or up to four times weekly on the Dreamliner, with service launching October 31, 2019. In addition, WestJet’s Dreamliner will operate between Calgary and London (Gatwick) four times weekly starting October 27, 2019. WestJet currently flies daily between Calgary and Gatwick. WestJet already serves more destinations with more flights from Calgary than any other airline, and these additions augment WestJet’s continued investment growth in the Calgary and Alberta economies.  

The WestJet Dreamliner features 320 seats in three cabins: business, premium and economy, all of which contain a high-level of comfort and WestJet’s award-winning guest service. The Dreamliner’s Business cabin features all-aisle-access, lie-flat seats with on-demand dining and entertainment. The upscale Premium cabin is the ideal combination of comfort, value and guest service including a separate cabin, elevated meal service and signature welcome perks featuring champagne and amenity case. WestJet’s improved Economy cabin features on-demand inflight entertainment, blankets and pillows and complimentary food and beverages with a select number of extra legroom seats available for purchase.

 RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – KahuluiUp to six-
times 
weekly
11 a.m2:27 p.mOctober 31, 
2019
Kahului – CalgaryUp to six-
times 
weekly
10:30 p.m7:14 a.m.+1October 31, 
2019
Calgary – London 
(Gatwick)
Four-times 
weekly
7:45 p.m11:20 a.m.+1October 27, 
2019
London (Gatwick) –
Calgary
Four-times 
weekly
1:20 p.m3:25 p.mOctober 28, 
2019
Toronto – London 
(Gatwick)
Daily8:50 p.m9:10 a.m.+1October 23, 
2019
London (Gatwick) –
Toronto
Daily11:10 a.m1:57 p.mOctober 24, 
2019

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 787-9 winter schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new.

WestJet continues Dreamliner momentum with Calgary-Paris inaugural

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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 is now the only airline to operate a non-stop route between Paris and Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet is now the only airline to operate a non-stop route between Paris and Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“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.*

All flights between Calgary and Paris are operated on WestJet’s newest aircraft, the 320-seat, 787-9 Dreamliner featuring WestJet’s business, premium and economy cabins.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop Dreamliner service:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – ParisFour times weekly7:35 p.m.12:20 p.m. + 1May 17, 2019
Paris – CalgaryFour times weekly2:20 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

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“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.”

WestJet to become official airline partner of the Calgary Stampeders

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Airline to charter team for all away games with branding and gameday promotions to run at McMahon Stadium

CALGARY, May 9, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet and the Calgary Stampeders today set into a motion a proposed three-year partnership between the two Calgary-based companies.

As part of the proposed agreement, WestJet will become the official airline partner for the Stampeders and will charter the defending 2018 Grey Cup Champions to all away games through the 2021 season across Canada.

WestJet and the Calgary Stampeders celebrate new partnership in Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet and the Calgary Stampeders celebrate new partnership in Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet and Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet and Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“The Calgary Stampeders have a deep history within our local community and as Calgary’s hometown airline we’re extremely proud to kick-off our partnership with this championship organization,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications. “As new teammates, we look forward to supporting the Stampeders in their title defense and sharing in each other’s successes in the air and on the playing field across Canada for the next three seasons.”

“The Calgary Stampeder Football Club is very excited about this partnership between two proud Calgary institutions and we’re very much looking forward to teaming up with WestJet for the next three years,” said Stampeders Senior Director of Business Operations Mike Franco. “It’s an ideal union and we’re extremely pleased that a major international brand with strong local roots is meeting our team travel needs.”

The three-year deal is expected to include a WestJet branded on-field logo at McMahon Stadium and advertising, along with in-game promotional opportunities and co-branded content features of the team throughout the season.

The Calgary Stampeders are set to open the 2019 season on Saturday, June 15 at McMahon Stadium against Ottawa in a Grey Cup rematch. Fans hoping to catch pre-season action are encouraged to attend the team’s only pre-season contest on Friday, May 31 against Saskatchewan in Calgary.

WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 68 non-stop destinations with over 1,000 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

WestJet rings Calgarians for #LondonCalling video

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Authentic phonebooth from England used to surprise unsuspecting passersby in airline’s latest video

CALGARY, May 7, 2019 /CNW/ – Following the official launch of WestJet’s new 787-9 Dreamliner service between Calgaryand London, Gatwick the airline’s newest marketing video #LondonCalling highlights real-time surprises for unsuspecting Calgarians. To view click here.

In the video, WestJet’s teal painted phonebooth was positioned to ring throughout the day in downtown Calgary in hopes of enticing curious pedestrians to answer the call. Of the thousands who walked by, 10 of those who answered were gifted round-trip tickets for two from Calgary to London, Gatwick.

WestJet's #LondonCalling (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s #LondonCalling (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“London is an incredible destination for our guests and with our new non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and London, Gatwick there’s never been a more comfortable way to get there,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications. “We thought there was no better approach to entice guests to visit Britain than by testing out Calgarians’ curiosity for adventure through the unusual ringing of an iconic London phonebooth in our own downtown core.”

The phonebooth used in #LondonCalling is authentic and was shipped from the United Kingdom prior to being painted teal. The ‘Piccadilly style kiosk’ weighs over 1,500 pounds and was transferred throughout the day on April 23 to locations on Stephen Avenue and Eau Claire in downtown Calgary.

WestJet currently offers daily flights between Calgary and London, Gatwick. Its new Dreamliner aircraft carry 320 guests in a three-class cabin configuration including the airline’s newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin.

WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 68 non-stop destinations with over 1,000 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

Amazing Austin, now part of WestJet’s network

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership

Airline inaugurates first flight to AUS

CALGARY, May 2, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today began operating its new nonstop flight between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Calgary International Airport (YYC). The new destination adds to WestJet’s network out of Calgary where the airline operates the most flights to the most destinations.

WestJet has begun service between Calgary and Austin, Texas (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet has begun service between Calgary and Austin, Texas (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“We’re thrilled to welcome the fun, funky and innovative city of Austin to the WestJet network,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “Including the just-launched destinations of Atlanta and Portland, these three key markets help diversify Alberta’s economy, open new trade links and forge stronger connections between Alberta and these major destinations. We are pleased to share our caring Canadian spirit with Texans once again.”

“WestJet’s new daily, nonstop air service between Calgary and Austin will enhance the already close ties that this city has with the state of Texas,” said Lucia C. Piazza, Consul General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.  “This service will allow Canadians easy access to the dynamic economy and flourishing cultural scene that Austin offers, either as a final destination or as a gateway to points beyond.  Likewise, Texans will be able to enjoy increased access to Alberta to explore and do business.”

Austin is WestJet’s second destination in Texas where the airline also operates twice-daily flights to Houston.

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – AustinTwice 
Weekly
10 a.m.2:43 p.m.May 2, 2019
Austin – CalgaryTwice 
Weekly
3:35 p.m.6:31 p.m.May 2, 2019

Air Canada Summer 2019 Western Canada service adjustment

News provided by RoutesOnline.com

By Jim Liu | Posted 30 April 2019

Air Canada during summer season is adjusting service in Western Canada, as the airline continues moving most service to Dash8-Q400 aircraft, instead of -300 (or -300/Q400 mix, based on comparison with summer 2018 season). Planned changes, effective 01MAY19, as follows.

Calgary – Kelowna Dash8-Q400 service increases from 3 to 4 daily (All flights operated by Q400)
Calgary – Saskatoon Dash8-Q400 service increases from 3 to 4 daily (All flights operated by Q400)
Calgary – Winnipeg 2 daily A320 and 1 daily CRJ900, replacing 4 daily CRJ900/Dash8-Q400
Vancouver – Comox 4 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 5 daily Dash8-300
Vancouver – Kamloops 4 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 5 daily Dash8-300/Q400
Vancouver – Nanaimo 7 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 8 daily Dash8-300/Q400
Vancouver – Penticton 3 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 4 daily Dash8-300
Vancouver – Prince Rupert 2 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 3 daily (weekdays) Dash8-300. Aircraft change from 01JUN19
Vancouver – Sandspit 2 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of Dash8-300/Q400. Aircraft change to all-Q400 from 01JUN19
Vancouver – Smithers 2 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 3 daily Dash8-300

WestJet touches down in Portland, Oregon

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Airline expands travel options between the Northwest U.S. and Western Canada

CALGARY, April 29, 2019 /CNW/ – Building on WestJet’s position as Calgary’s largest air carrier, the airline began its new nonstop flight between Portland International Airport (PDX) and Calgary International Airport (YYC) today. The new flight is the first-ever WestJet-scheduled service to and from Portland.

“This nonstop flight between Calgary and Portland is the latest example of WestJet’s investment in our home in Calgary,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “This new flight provides travellers in Western Canada and Northwestern U.S. more options to get to fantastic destinations for both business and leisure. We are thrilled to be part of strengthening these ties between two important locations.”

Portland International Airport

“WestJet’s new daily, nonstop air service between Calgary and Portland allows Canadians to gain easy access to the dynamic economy and scenic beauty that the Northwestern United States offers, either as a final destination or as a gateway to points beyond,” said Lucia C. Piazza, Consul General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.  “This new service will also allow Americans to explore Alberta and Western Canada’s beauty and commercial opportunities.”

“We’re excited to celebrate WestJet’s inaugural flight to PDX, offering our travellers another convenient route to Canada,” said David Zielke, Portland International Airport, Director of Air Service Development. “Both Calgary and Portland are cities with a range of fun outdoor activities and great food, providing unique connections between the two regions.”

WestJet’s nonstop flight to Calgary allows for convenient access to its western Canadian network where the airline will operate 145 daily flights from Calgary to 54 destinations including Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Saskatoon, Regina, Atlanta, Nashville, New York, London, Paris and Dublin.  WestJet operates more flights to more destinations from Calgary than any other airline.  WestJet’s codeshare partner, Delta, also offers travellers from Calgary the opportunity to connect to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Seattle and Salt Lake City International Airport out of Portland.

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – PortlandDaily10:30 a.m.11:17 a.m.April 29, 2019
Portland – CalgaryDaily12:10 p.m.2:57 p.m.April. 29, 2019

This summer, WestJet will operate over 740 daily flights in peak summer to 92 destinations including 42 in Canada, 23 in the United States, 28 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and five in Europe.

WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight

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Inaugural flight between Calgary and London marks new chapter in WestJet’s global strategy

CALGARY, April 29, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet officially launched its new Dreamliner featuring its new long-haul Business cabin seats between Calgary and London, Gatwick with the departure of WS1. The sold-out flight, expected to land in Gatwick at 11:00 a.m. local time, was a first for WestJet’s new 787-9 Dreamliner. The return flight, WS2 departs London at 1 p.m. local time on Monday.

WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Today is a fantastic day for WestJet as we take this important step in our journey to become a full-service global network airline,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “The London market has quickly become an important one for us with service from six cities across Canada. It is no accident that the first transatlantic flight on the Dreamliner is to our largest international market, from our largest hub and home in Calgary.”

“The three years since WestJet’s inaugural flight from Gatwick have been a real success story, with thousands of business and leisure passengers enjoying the vital low-cost connections between the UK and Canada that these services have provided,” said Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport Chief Commercial Officer. “WestJet’s presence at Gatwick continues to grow, and it’s very exciting for us to be supporting the airline as it moves into this important new era. The launch of the 787 Dreamliner will offer around 24,000 more Gatwick-Calgary seats per year on the same number of aircraft, and its highly fuel-efficient engines will also help us in our ongoing mission to become the UK’s most sustainable airport.”

Hal Eagletail of the Tsuut’ina National, members of Treaty 7 of Southern Alberta, Keith Henry, President and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, along with David Goldstein, President and CEO of Destination Canada were on board the inaugural flight to celebrate and promote one of the fastest growing sectors of the Canadian tourism industry, Indigenous tourism.

“Being a part of this inaugural Dreamliner flight with WestJet provides a fantastic opportunity for us to raise awareness across the UK and rest of Europe of the powerful Indigenous experiences waiting to be explored across Canada,” said Keith Henry, President and CEO of ITAC. “Our research shows that a third of international visitors to Canada are requesting ways to experience Indigenous culture. WestJet is literally opening up new airways for us into these important markets.”

Tail 901, WestJet’s first Dreamliner, named Clive Beddoe, also carried the founder and chairman himself.

“Today is an emotional experience that I am delighted to share with my family, 320 WestJet guests and our fantastic flight crew,” said Clive Beddoe. “We are pleased to see significant demand for our business and premium cabins as we provide travellers with conveniently-timed flights along with our signature brand of Canadian care.”

“This shows a high degree of confidence for the future prospects of leisure and business travel between Canada and the UK,” said Mrs. Janice Charette, the High Commissioner for Canada. “We are also excited that WestJet has taken this opportunity to use today’s event to showcase Canada’s Indigenous peoples and to their contribution to tourism in Canada.”

“As this first Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes flight for London-Gatwick, WestJet embarks on a new era of international service for the airline,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, Calgary Airport Authority. “We’re proud that WestJet’s story took off at YYC, and we’re here to support the airline going forward as more destinations are added.”

On May 17, WestJet will launch its inaugural direct Dreamliner flight between Calgary to Paris with its final transatlantic flight between Calgary and Dublin on June 1.

WestJet’s Dreamliners carry 320 guests in a three-class cabin configuration including the airline’s newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin.

WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 68 non-stop destinations with over 1,000 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop service:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – London 
(Gatwick)
Daily7:20 p.m11 a.m. +1April 28, 2019
London (Gatwick) – 
Calgary
Daily1:30 p.m3:40 p.mApril 29, 2018

WestJet gives guests greater Europe access

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Airline strengthens codeshare with Air France providing access to new European destinations from Paris 

CALGARY, April 26, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that guests now have convenient access from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to seven cities in France, Italy and Greece through an expansion to its codeshare relationship with Air France.

The enhanced partnership also provides greater access to Canada for travellers originating from these European points.

“WestJet’s deepened codeshare relationship with Air France means guests of both airlines will now enjoy more opportunities to travel between the fantastic destinations in Canada and Europe,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning and Alliances. “We are thrilled to extend our reach into Europe and provide a seamless travel experience for guests travelling east and west, including reciprocal frequent flyer rewards, one itinerary and bags checked through to destination.”

Starting today, guests travelling on WestJet’s service to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) can connect on WestJet codeshare flights operated by Air France to Brest, Biarritz and Montpellier, France along with Italy’s Venice, Milan and Rome and Athens, Greece. Future phases will expand WestJet codesharing on Air France operated flights via Paris to additional countries including Austria, Germany and Portugal.

Guests travelling from the above destinations in Europe can connect to WestJet’s extensive Canadian network through the airline’s hub in Calgary.

WestJet’s inaugural Dreamliner flight between Calgary and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport is set to take-off on May 17, 2019. Flights between the two cities are offered on WestJet’s brand-new 787-9 Dreamliner featuring WestJet’s Business Cabin including lie-flat pods, dining on demand and WestJet’s award-winning caring service.

WestJet and Air France have been codeshare partners since 2013 and the airlines have offered Air France Flying Blue and WestJet Rewards members the reciprocal ability to earn and redeem loyalty rewards since 2017.