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By WestJet | | 3 min read

Inaugural flight from WestJet’s global hub marks significant milestone in rebuilding the airline’s transatlantic network.

WestJet celebrated the launch of its new route between Calgary and Amsterdam with the 8:55 p.m. MT departure of WS20, on the airline’s 787 Dreamliner. Thursday night’s flight was the airline’s first launch of new service to Europe after more than 18 months and marked a significant milestone in WestJet’s commitment to restoring its global network. 

“We continue to invest in our global hub in Calgary, where we have the most departures, destinations and seats and we’re thrilled to see today’s flight take-off as we continue to rebuild our transatlantic network,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “This route between Calgary and Amsterdam provides greater access between Canada and European destinations for travellers on both sides of the Atlantic and is strengthening travel and tourism ties between our two countries.”

Prior to flight WS20’s departure from Calgary, the inaugural service was celebrated by Chris Hedlin, WestJet’s Vice-President of Network Planning, Rajan Sawhney, Alberta’s Minister of Transport; George Chahal, City of Calgary Councilor for Ward 5; Chris Miles, Calgary Airport Authority, Vice President, Operations and Infrastructure and David Goldstein, CEO of Travel Alberta along with guests departing on WS20.

From left: Lauren Stewart, WestJet Senior Manager, External Affairs, Chris Miles, Vice-President Operations and Infrastructure Calgary Airport Authority,  David Goldstein, CEO of Travel Alberta, George Chahal, Councillor Ward 5 for the City of Calgary, the honourable Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Transport and Chris Hedlin, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning From left: Lauren Stewart, WestJet Senior Manager, External Affairs, Chris Miles, Vice-President Operations and Infrastructure Calgary Airport Authority, David Goldstein, CEO of Travel Alberta, George Chahal, Councillor Ward 5 for the City of Calgary, the honourable Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Transport and Chris Hedlin, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning
WS20 flight from Calgary to Amsterdam marks the first launch of new service to Europe after more than 18 months, and our caring WestJetters can’t wait to take our guests to Amsterdam with #SafetyAboveAll. WS20 flight from Calgary to Amsterdam marks the first launch of new service to Europe after more than 18 months, and our caring WestJetters can’t wait to take our guests to Amsterdam with #SafetyAboveAll.

“Air travel will play a pivotal role in Alberta’s post pandemic economic recovery,” said Rajan Sawhney, Alberta’s Minister of Transport. “I am thrilled to see WestJet embark on this new partnership that will give travellers more options, while boosting tourism, and providing much needed support to our aviation industry.”

WestJet’s new service operates two-times weekly, increasing to three-times weekly on September 9.  All flights will be operated on WestJet's 787 Dreamliner, featuring WestJet's Business Cabin including lie-flat pods, dining on demand and WestJet's award-winning caring service. 

In addition, through the airline’s expanded codeshare agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, guests now have convenient access via Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport (AMS) to 18 cities across Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

 

Details of WestJet's service between Calgary and Amsterdam: 

Route Frequency Start Date  
Calgary – Amsterdam 2x weekly Aug. 5 – Sept. 5, 2021
  3x weekly Sept. 9 – October 31, 2021
Amsterdam – Calgary 2x weekly  Aug. 6 – Sept. 6, 2021
  3x weekly Sept. 10 – November 1, 2021

 

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“Direct routes to Europe mean more international visitors to Alberta - visitors that spend money and support jobs across the province. This route from Amsterdam to Calgary means more opportunities for our tourism industry and that is good for economic growth and diversification,” said Doug Schweitzer, Alberta’s Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation.

"A warm verwelkoming to WestJet's new route from Calgary to Amsterdam,” said Chris Miles, Vice President, Operations & Infrastructure of The Calgary Airport Authority. “This added capacity provides more Albertans the opportunity to experience this beautiful city and connect to other international destinations. It's also great news for international travellers who are keen to explore Calgary and area as we look forward to restrictions easing further in the fall."

We are excited by the return of important international air routes to Alberta," said David Goldstein, CEO, Travel Alberta. "While we have had a long, warm relationship with Dutch travellers looking to explore our part of the world, Amsterdam is also a key feeder hub for travellers from all across Europe.  We look forward to working with WestJet as they broaden their global routes to Alberta."