WestJet Boosts International Routes
WestJet Boosts International Routes to Calgary with Dreamliner Announcement
In a move that will make travel to western Canada even easier for international meeting delegates, WestJet announced it is launching its first three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner international destinations from Calgary. WestJet becomes the first Canadian airline to base its Dreamliner aircraft out of YYC Calgary International Airport.
WestJet is launching non-stop service on board its Dreamliners from Calgary to London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin on April 28, May 17and June 1, 2019, respectively.
"Alberta's connectivity to the rest of the world is vital for our economy," said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. "WestJet is investing in Alberta to bring further economic growth, boost tourism to the province, and to further position our city as an international aviation hub. We are excited to bring Albertans to the world and the world to Alberta."
The three new flights from the UK and western Europe are expected to eventually bring up to 185,000 visitors to Calgary, a gateway to the Canadian Rockies, and a centre of excellence for clean tech, natural resources and agriculture, three key sectors which draw international delegates to conferences hosted here.
Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi notes, "This is big news for Calgary. The addition of WestJet's Dreamliner service to Paris, London and Dublin strengthens the international connections to this city and it shows WestJet's commitment to this community. I'm thrilled WestJet has chosen to make this substantial investment in their hometown."
Learn more about what Calgary offers international conferences, here.