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New Route of the Day – Americas (15 May 2024): WestJet between Calgary and Reykjavik

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WestJet launched a seasonal transatlantic service between Calgary and Reykjavik on Wednesday 15 May, marking its entry onto the Icelandic market. The 5,150-kilometre route will be maintained 4-weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, departing Calgary, with the 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The carrier faces no competition on the route, which will be maintained until 13 October.

Flight WS38 departs Calgary at 19:45 local time, arriving in Reykjavik at 08:15 local time the following morning. The return service, operating as flight WS39, takes off from Keflavik Airport at 09:35 local time on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, touching back down in Canada at 10:33 local time.

What they said

Angela Avery, Executive Vice-President, Chief People, Corporate and Sustainability Officer at WestJet, said: “The service, linking the Group’s global hub in Calgary to Iceland, not only bolsters the airline’s efforts to enhance YYC Calgary International Airport’s connectivity but reinforces the city’s standing as the best-connected mid-sized city in North America. As the only airline providing direct connectivity between Calgary and Iceland, WestJet continues to build its presence as Canada’s leisure champion, providing our guests with unprecedented and affordable access to fulfill their travel aspirations year-round.”

Chris Dinsdale, President and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority, noted: “On behalf of the Calgary Airport Authority and our entire YYC crew, I am thrilled to congratulate WestJet on its inaugural non-stop route from Calgary to Reykjavik. This new route is about more than just the connection between two cities, it’s about recognising a mutual commitment to global connectivity. In advancing that commitment, every step, every new destination, counts towards solidifying YYC’s role and status as a global hub.”

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Gudmundur Dadi Runarsson, Director for Airline Relations and Route Development Chief Commercial and Airport Development Officer at Keflavik Airport, added: “KEF is thrilled to greet its newest partner WestJet today. WestJet is showing confidence in Iceland as a destination by adding it to its impressive selection of travel opportunities, while at the same time opening Icelanders up to the experience of the great city of Calgary and all that the province of Alberta can offer. We look forward to forging a strong partnership with WestJet well into the future.”

Reykjavik targets 7% passenger growth in summer

Iceland’s main travel hub anticipates a busy 2024 summer season with a total of 25 airlines serving over 80 destinations. This will result in passenger growth of approximately 7% during the summer (April – October), with the airport to welcome a projected 5.8 million travellers over the six-month period.

In addition to the new Calgary service, the airport will also see the launch of new destinations such as Split in Croatia, Stuttgart in Germany, as well as Pittsburgh and Halifax in North America this summer.

Canadians made a significant summer impact last year, with over 80% of all visitors from the country choosing the warmer months to visit Iceland. A well-connected network, comprising of Air Canada with Montreal and Toronto YYZ, Icelandair with Toronto YYZ, Halifax, and Vancouver, as well as PLAY with Toronto YHM, ensured a steady flow of Canadian travellers to Iceland.

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