WestJet today became the only airline connecting Calgarians non-stop to Atlanta, Ga., when its inaugural flight between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) departed at 9:55 a.m. local time.
WestJet is now the only airline connecting Calgarians non-stop to Atlanta, Ga. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Atlanta is the 65th destination WestJet serves nonstop from Calgary. WestJet already serves more destinations with more nonstop flights from Calgary than any other airline.
"Today's flight between Calgary and Atlanta marks another significant milestone in WestJet's continued investment into Alberta while supporting strong business and tourism ties," said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet's Chief Commercial Officer. "We are thrilled to offer our guests this service, along with access to 111 unique routes between Atlanta and points across North America served by both WestJet and our codeshare partner, Delta."
"I am extremely proud to be able to herald any connection between the U.S. southeast and Canada, and it is especially gratifying to highlight this new bond between the Heart of the South and the Heart of the New West," said Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta. "Atlanta and Calgary have a lot to offer one another and I look forward to seeing this partnership develop in the near future."
"We welcome the news of WestJet's new daily, nonstop air service between Calgary and Atlanta and the increased business and tourism links this service brings," said Lucia C. Piazza, U.S. Consul General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. "Canadians will gain easy access to the dynamic economy and famous southern hospitality that the southeastern United States offers, either as a final destination or as a gateway to points beyond. Likewise, we welcome the new access this new service brings to Americans eager to explore Alberta and Western Canada's beauty and commercial opportunities."
WestJet, via its codeshare partner Delta, offers access to an extensive list of U.S. destinations including the southeastern United States and Gulf Coast and cities such as Memphis, Tenn., Charleston, S.C., New Orleans, La., Savannah, Ga., Pensacola and Panama City, Fla. All are available for booking on westjet.com.
WestJet and Delta Air Lines have signed a definitive agreement to create a comprehensive transborder joint venture arrangement that will offer travellers an expanded network within Canada and the U.S., frequent flyer benefit reciprocity, lounge access and joint corporate discounts. The proposed joint venture agreement is subject to regulatory approvals in the United States and Canada. Today's launch of nonstop service between Calgary and Atlanta reflects the strong partnership between the two airlines.