WestJet on Friday resumed its role as «the only airline» to offer a non-stop service between Calgary and Paris with the departure of Flight 10 from Calgary International Airport (YYC) aboard the 787 Dreamliner.
«With the resumption of service to Paris, WestJet becomes the airline serving the largest number of European destinations, directly from its global hub in Calgary,» the carrier said in a statement.
On August 5, WestJet rolled out a non-stop, twice-weekly flight service between Calgary and Amsterdam, and currently flies to London (Gatwick) twice a week, with both markets set to increase to three times a week in September.
«We are delighted to reestablish this historic link between Calgary and Paris, reconnecting these two incredible cities, and providing Western Canadians with easy and unique travel opportunities throughout Europe,» said John Weatherill, Director WestJet commercial in a press release. The Calgary-Paris route represents a key market for outbound tourism in Western Canada. Along with the successful vaccination campaign across Canada, we are proud to find this link and We will continue to invest in the economic recovery and growth of Calgary and Alberta after the COVID-19 pandemic.»
In 2019, WestJet’s investment in direct flights from Europe to Alberta generated $ 90 million in spending from 56,000 travelers entering the country, the carrier said.
Code sharing with Air France
The return of the Calgary-Paris route also restores the long-standing codeshare partnership between WestJet and Air France, making it easy for Canadian business and leisure travelers to travel to 16 European cities, such as Rome. Venice, Athens and Lisbon, and coming back.
WestJet guests connecting with Air France can continue to earn WestJet dollars throughout their trip to their preferred European destination.
The Calgary-Paris route will be offered once a week from August 20 to October 29 and the Paris-Calgary route also once a week from August 22 to October 31.