Alberta set to lead Canada’s travel and tourism rebound as airline restores network to pre-pandemic levels
WestJet investing in Alberta’s connection to global and business economies with non-stop routes to London Heathrow, Gatwick, Rome, Paris and Dublin
CALGARY, AB, March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today released its 2022 summer schedule, announcing the full restoration of the airline’s service levels across Alberta to pre-pandemic levels. WestJet’s summer schedule from Alberta will see 180 daily departures from Calgary and Edmonton to 35 domestic, 16 transborder and eight international destinations during peak travel months.
“The restoration of our network marks a major milestone in WestJet and Alberta’s recovery as we rebuild our network and strengthen critical connections to global hubs and business economies,” said John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet. “After two years of unprecedented challenges, we’re proud that Alberta will lead the recovery of Canada’s travel and tourism industry. As Alberta’s homegrown airline, we continue to make investments to better serve our guests and look forward to offering more options for visitors to experience the vibrancy of what Alberta has to offer.”
Enhancing Alberta’s global travel and tourism pipeline
After a two-year delay, WestJet is set to launch its long-awaited service to Rome, Italy on May 7, 2022. The airline will also introduce new non-stop service to London Heathrow beginning on March 26, 2022.
WestJet’s investments in transatlantic flying from Calgary International Airport will see the airline increase the critical tourism pipeline between Alberta and Europe by 43 per cent when compared to 2019, supported by new routes and increased non-stop options to London Gatwick, Paris and Dublin.
“This is welcome news for travellers and for the entire travel industry as WestJet leads the way on economic recovery,” said Bob Sartor, President & CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “Travellers can count on YYC Calgary International Airport to scale up operations alongside WestJet to ensure travellers have safe, efficient access to destinations in Alberta and overseas.”
|Route||Peak Frequency||Start Date|
|Calgary – London Heathrow||4x weekly||March 26, 2022|
|Calgary – London Gatwick||5x weekly||May 1, 2022|
|Calgary – Paris||5x weekly||May 1, 2022|
|Calgary – Rome||3x weekly||May 7, 2022|
|Calgary – Dublin||3x weekly||May 8, 2022|
Investing in regional and domestic air travel
This summer, Albertans will benefit from enhanced connectivity throughout the region and across Canada. At its peak, WestJet will serve 43 domestic, 23 transborder, 16 Caribbean and eight transatlantic destinations, restoring 94 per cent of its pre-pandemic routes with more than 600 daily departures network wide. Domestic highlights of WestJet’s summer schedule feature an 88 per cent increase in regional connectivity province wide. WestJet provides more than half of all seats across Alberta and together as the WestJet Group, WestJet and Swoop give Albertans more options, to more destinations than any other airline.
WestJet’s Alberta service:
- Calgary: 142 daily departures, 35 domestic, 16 transborder and eight international destinations
- Edmonton: 38 daily departures, 15 domestic and two transborder destinations
- Grande Prairie: multiple daily flights to Calgary and Edmonton
- Fort McMurray: multiple daily flights to Calgary and Edmonton
- Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat: multiple daily flights to Calgary
Enhancing transborder connectivity
As part of its summer schedule, WestJet will launch previously delayed non-stop service between Calgary and Boston on June 30, 2022. The airline will also reintroduce and enhance service to 16 popular transborder business and leisure destinations.
|Route||Peak Frequency||Start Date|
|Calgary – Nashville||3x weekly||March 17, 2022|
|Calgary – Denver||2x weekly||May 22, 2022|
|Calgary – Boston||3x weekly||June 30, 2022|
|Calgary – New York (JFK)||4x weekly||Already in service|
|Calgary – Portland||2x daily||Already in service|
|Calgary – Orlando||3x weekly||Already in service|
|Calgary – Phoenix||2x daily||Already in service|
|Calgary – Los Angeles||2x daily||Already in service|
|Calgary – San Diego||4x weekly||Already in service|
|Calgary – Palm Springs||5x weekly||Already in service|
|Calgary – San Francisco||2x daily||Already in service|
|Calgary – Orange County||3x weekly||Already in service|
|Calgary – Las Vegas||3x daily||Already in service|
|Calgary – Atlanta||1x daily||Already in service|
|Calgary – Houston||2x daily||Already in service|
|Calgary – Seattle||2x daily||Already in service|
|Edmonton – Los Angeles||4x weekly||Already in service|
|Edmonton – Las Vegas||4x weekly||Already in service|
To discover all the direct flights across WestJet’s network, visit WestJet.com.
About the WestJet Group of Companies
In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic.
Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.
For more information about everything WestJet, please visit www.westjet.com.
Recent recognition includes:
– 2020/2019 Number-One Ranked Canadian Airline Loyalty Program in Member Engagement (Bond Brand Loyalty)
– 2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)
– 2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)
– 2019/2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada)