WestJet accelerates Alberta’s recovery with 2022 summer schedule

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By WestJet | | 3 min read

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

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.”

“The tourism sector has gone through a large scale re-invention during the pandemic. The timing is right to relaunch this core pillar of our economic development. Alberta continues to offer world class experiences to travellers, from our environmental diversity to our cultural events and breathtaking landmarks. With safety as our priority, it’s time for us to work together to support the visitor economy,” The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre. 

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

 

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