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WestJet adds Denver/Calgary to growing network

CALGARY, Aug. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - WestJet announced today it will begin serving Denver International Airport (DEN) daily from Calgary International Airport (YYC) starting March 8, 2018.

"Calgarians have enjoyed WestJet's low fares and great guest experience since our inception and we are proud to bring our trusted brand to the Mile-High City, Denver," said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. "With its sophisticated business economy and stunning mountain scenery, Denver is a natural for the WestJet network. Connecting through Calgary will also allow Denver's business and leisure travellers year round access to the broader Canadian WestJet network."

Canada ranks as Colorado's largest trading partner, accounting for nearly $1.4 billion in exports in 2016.  In addition, Canada ranks as the second-largest foreign investor in Colorado, only the United Kingdom has more corporate presence.

"We welcome WestJet's investment in our market which further strengthens Denver's global brand," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.  "This new service will continue to boost our economy, with an estimated statewide economic impact of nearly $19 million annually and the creation of more than 150 new jobs."

Calgary ranks as Denver's third-largest market in Canada with nearly 150 people traveling between the two cities each day. Overall Canada ranks as Denver's second-largest international market in terms of demand, accounting for 12 per cent of total international travel.

"WestJet is an airline we have long courted, and we are pleased the carrier has chosen Denver as its newest transborder destination," said Kim Day, Denver International Airport, CEO.  "Not only are Denver and Calgary similar cities in terms of size and geography, but Denver International Airport and WestJet share similar values in terms of a strong commitment to customer service and a focus on innovation."

"This announcement of non-stop service to Denver, Calgary's sister city, is a welcome addition to the 56 destinations that WestJet currently serves out of YYC," said Bob Sartor, President and CEO for The Calgary Airport Authority. "With several new destinations added and increases in frequencies this year, we know that WestJet is committed to growing their extensive route network out of YYC, benefiting Albertans looking to access top destinations around the world."

"Canada values its relationships with Colorado – both cultural and economic – very deeply, and Denver International Airport is the gateway that helps us keep those connections strong," said Stéphane Lessard, Consul General of Canada in Denver. "As this state's number one international trading partner, it makes sense that the list of great Canadian companies with investments in this state continues to grow as we now welcome WestJet to Mile High."

Details of WestJet's new non-stop service to Denver, Colorado:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Calgary – Denver

Daily

10:10 a.m.

12:26 p.m.

March 8, 2018

Denver – Calgary

Daily

1:15 p.m.

3:46 p.m.

March 8, 2018

 

Introductory fares starting from:

Departing

Arriving

Air transportation charges (ATC)

Taxes,
fees and
charges

Total one-way
price from*

Base fare from

Other ATC

Calgary

Denver

$58.00

$0.00

$90.77

$148.77*CAD

*Book by August 21, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT). Some restrictions apply. For more details, please visit westjet.com.

Overall, WestJet's guests in Calgary have a total of 57 different WestJet destinations, including 17 U.S. destinations to choose from, more than any other airline flying out of Calgary International Airport. By 2018, WestJet will have increased capacity out of YYC by 48 per cent over the last 10 years and will account for 53 per cent of the seat capacity out of the city.

About Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport is the 18th-busiest airport in the world and the sixth-busiest airport in the United States. With 58.3 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, DEN is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world's largest aviation market. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. With the addition of WestJet, Denver is home to 26 airlines serving over 185 nonstop destinations including 25 international cities in 11 countries. For more information visit www.FlyDenver.com, check us out on YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For current employment opportunities, visit jobs.flydenver.com.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's most trusted airline and one of very few airlines globally that does not commercially overbook. Together with our regional airline, WestJet Encore, we offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe and to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through our airline partnerships. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas.  Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. 

WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol WJA. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.  

Recent recognition includes:
2017/2016 Canada's Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)
2017 Best Airline in Canada and Travellers' Choice Winner Mid-Sized and Low Cost Airlines – North America (TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2016 Canada's most reputable company for Corporate Social Responsibility (Reputation Institute)
2016/2015/2014/2013/2012 Ranked top three for Canadian Brands (Canadian Business Magazine)
2016/2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (MoneySense magazine)
2015/2011/2010/2008/2007/2006/2005 Canada's Most Admired Corporate Culture (Waterstone Human Capital)
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)

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