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Taking Off For The Recovery

WestJet Restoring Network, Reinvesting In Transatlantic Options

WestJet rolled out its 2022 summer schedule, marking a significant milestone in recovery through the restoration of its network to near pre-pandemic levels.

The carrier will be making significant investments in its transatlantic network, offering a multitude of connections to Europe this summer, with more non-stop service options across the country from Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax.

As well, WestJet announced new, daily service between Toronto and Chicago that begins on May 19, 2022.

John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet, said that: “We know Canadians are ready to make their highly-anticipated return to travel this summer, so whether it’s reconnecting with friends and family, or taking that long overdue trip, we are here to help our guests make up for lost time.”

Weatherill pointed out that: “The aviation industry is a formidable economic engine and the investments we have made across Canada and internationally affirm our commitment to restoring connectivity across our expansive global network, while doing our part to expedite Canada’s economic recovery.”

At its peak this summer, WestJet will serve 43 domestic, 23 transborder, 16 Caribbean and eight transatlantic destinations, restoring 94% of its pre-pandemic routes with more than 600 daily departures network wide.

Complementing WestJet’s network, Swoop previously announced significant expansion plans for its domestic network in preparation for Canada’s busy summer travel season.

This summer, WestJet is restoring transatlantic connections across the country and significantly reinvesting in the Atlantic Gateway, bringing back international connectivity to Atlantic Canada with increased service between Halifax to Paris, London, Dublin, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Additionally, the airline will re-introduce connectivity to the Eternal City with non-stop service between Rome, Italy and its home hub in Calgary.

Said Weatherill: “Our guests have long awaited a return to international travel,” continued Weatherill. “These routes create a significant visitor pipeline from Europe and demonstrate WestJet’s commitment to leading the travel and tourism industry’s recovery.”

WestJet will restore service levels across Alberta to pre-pandemic levels with more than 180 daily departures from both Calgary and Edmonton this summer.

The carrier’s investments in transatlantic flying from Calgary International Airport will see the airline increase the critical tourism pipeline between Alberta and Europe by 43% when compared to 2019, supported by new routes and increased non-stop options to London Gatwick, Paris and Dublin.

Weatherill said that: “The restoration of our Alberta network marks a major milestone in WestJet and the province’s recovery as we rebuild our network and strengthen critical connections to global hubs and business economies.”

The carrier’s Alberta service features:

  • Calgary: 142 daily departures, 35 domestic, 16 transborder and eight international destinations
  • Edmonton: 38 daily departures, 15 domestic and two transborder destinations

Weatheril also said that: “We are also thrilled to provide daily non-stop service between Toronto and Chicago, two dynamic global cities. Whether travelling for business or leisure, this new route provides guests with increased options to discover these two vibrant cities or seamlessly connect to their chosen destination via our expansive network.”

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