WestJet puts Portland and Austin on Alberta's map

January 28, 2019   |  

Airline expands travel options between the U.S. and Western Canada

CALGARY, Jan. 28, 2019 /CNW/ - Building on WestJet's position as Calgary's largest air carrier, the airline is introducing two new seasonal U.S. destinations this summer from YYC.

Daily non-stop service to Portland, Ore., begins April 29, while twice-weekly service to Austin, Texas begins on May 2.

"We're thrilled to welcome the cities of Portland and Austin to the WestJet network," said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. "Including Atlanta, which starts on March 3, these three key markets help diversify Alberta's economy, open new trade links and forge stronger connections between Alberta and these major destinations. We look forward to connecting friends, families and economies across the country and world this summer."

The new routes are part of WestJet's 2019 summer schedule, which includes previously announced non-stop flights to London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin from Calgary on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners along with new non-stop service from Calgary to Atlanta, Ga.

"A love of the great outdoors is shared by Calgary and Central Texans," said Jim Smith, Executive Director, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. "We look forward to those in Calgary enjoying Austin style fun and we thank WestJet for connecting us to fun in a cooler climate."

"We're pleased to welcome WestJet to the PDX family," said David Zielke, Director of Air Service Development, Portland International Airport. "The airline's daily nonstop service to Calgary offers Portland and southwest Washington travellers another convenient connection to Canada."

"We are extremely happy WestJet is adding these two U.S. destinations at YYC Calgary International Airport this spring," said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. "The routes will allow our guests to explore two exciting cities in the United States." 

"Calgary thrives as a city because of our connections to the world and stronger ties to leading cities in Texas and the West Coast means more opportunities for business and tourism," said Mary Moran, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development. "As a leading business centre in Canada, we applaud WestJet for its continued investment in Calgary and for adding direct air service to great cities like Austin and Portland that will create even more opportunities for people and companies to connect."

Read more on WestJet's press release