WestJet announces new direct flight to Belize
Friday, July 28th, 2017
On Monday, July 24th, WestJet announced its new non-stop weekly service between Calgary, Canada and Belize. Effective November 3, 2017, weekly direct flights will be departing Calgary on Fridays at 9:15AM and departing Belize at 3:45PM.
This service is part of the airline’s 2017-2018 winter schedule, which includes more flights from Calgary to Vancouver, Toronto, Fort McMurray, Kelowna, Brandon, Grande Prairie, Kitchener, Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. WestJet will now operate an average of 700 daily flights to 93 destinations: 37 in Canada, 22 in the United States, 33 within Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and one in Europe.
Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-president, network planning, alliances and corporate development, stated that these additional flights will deliver optimized service for both the business and leisure travelers.
“WestJet will increase service from Calgary by 52 weekly flights this winter. As the carrier with more flights from Calgary International Airport (YYC) than any other, we have designed our Calgary flight schedules to deliver 55 percent more connecting itineraries, which will help to launch new flights in future seasons and further expand our presence YYC– a key driver in economic and employment growth in the city,” he said.
Bob Sartor, President and Chief Executive Officer for the Calgary Airport Authority, said that these flights will help boost the economy. “The considerable increase in frequencies out of YYC, combined with the introduction of WestJet’s Calgary to Belize route is exciting news for Albertans. Enhancing the WestJet network out of their home base is a strategic investment to advance one of their largest hubs, and provide YYC passengers with more options to connect out of Calgary. Being able to target those kinds of guests and diversify ourselves away from the energy economy actually helps us to grow Calgary with a lower risk profile than if we were just carrying Calgarians,” he said.
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is confident that this new route will positively contribute to the country’s tourism industry. “WestJet currently operates a seasonal flight from Toronto, Canada from October to May, therefore the Calgary – Belize flight is a welcome addition that will further boost Belize’s tourism industry. The new flight is exciting news and it underscores BTB’s unwavering marketing efforts in promoting Belize as a growing, viable and a must-go destination,” said Ms. Karen Pike, BTB’s Director of Marketing and Industry Relations.
Anthony Hunt, Chairman of the Ministry of Tourism Airline Development Committee, confirmed that plane tickets are now on sale, adding, “We have no doubt that this will be a great new route for Belize, for Westjet and for tourism.”
One-way fares, which include taxes, fees and charges, are available for around $445.60USD and upwards.
WestJet is 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. For more information on WestJet’s winter schedule, please visit their website at www.westjet.com/winterschedule
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