08 November, 2023

WestJet to introduce more flights from Edmonton's to the U.S.


Canadian carrier WestJet has unveiled new non-stop service between Edmonton International Airport and Atlanta, Nashville and San Francisco for summer of 2024. The announcement builds on the momentum from summer 2023, when WestJet announced new service to Minneapolis and Seattle, along with strengthened domestic connectivity from Alberta's capital, which will be sustained through 2024.


"It is a privilege to be back in my hometown, as we celebrate the next chapter in our prioritization of Edmonton through our market-leading investments that promise to generate meaningful tourism and business opportunities through strategic air connectivity," said Angela Avery, WestJet Group, Executive Vice-President and Chief People, Corporate and Sustainability Officer. "We are proud to be the undisputed, leading carrier within the province that WestJet has called home for more than 27 years. We are confident that these three new transborder connections will be popular amongst Edmonton residents while propelling the city's visitor economy to new heights."


In celebration of its expanding transborder investments, WestJet, in partnership with Edmonton International Airport, was joined by valued partners from across the region at a special event held at Edmonton Unlimited earlier today.  

"Working with our partners to offer more flights to more places is both our purpose and our promise. WestJet's new non-stop service to Atlanta offers a brand-new destination for the Edmonton Region. Together with the additions of other North American destinations and frequencies, these routes will continue to allow our business sector and visitor economy to grow, while showcasing the incredible opportunities in the Edmonton Region. We are thrilled Edmonton Region passengers will be able to grow their businesses and find new adventures both in Atlanta and in the hundreds of connecting destinations worldwide," said Myron Keehn, Edmonton International Airport (YEG), President & CEO.



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With year-round connectivity to Atlanta, Edmonton residents are one flight away from accessing the world's busiest airport and renowned mega-global hub, which hosts over 1,000 flights per day to over 200 international and domestic destinations.

"The Government of Alberta is thrilled to support WestJet and Edmonton International Airport in their ongoing commitment and success in enhancing Edmonton's domestic and international connectivity," said Joseph Schow, Minister of Tourism and Sport. "Expanding air access is critical to Alberta's visitor economy and today's announcement will propel Edmonton's travel industry to new heights, further solidifying Edmonton and Alberta's position as a vibrant and growing tourism hotspot on the world stage."

New U.S. connectivity unlocks a network of opportunity with increased access to Delta's largest hub

Through its longstanding partnership with Delta Air Lines, guests connecting through Atlanta will arrive in the U.S. airline's largest hub, gaining access to a vast network of U.S. destinations on a single purchased ticket with check-in for all flights at the first departure, baggage tagged to their final destination and lounge access for select guests. Additionally, frequent flyers of both airlines will continue to enjoy extensive reciprocal benefits any time they fly with either carrier, including earning and redeeming in their preferred program.

"Earlier this year, WestJet announced the single largest expansion in its history with eight new routes from Edmonton. With the addition of three more, including the recently announced and very exciting non-stop service to Atlanta for the business community, WestJet is affirming its renewed commitment to the Edmonton market. This signals that Edmonton is a vibrant market to grow and invest in to the rest of the world, and attracts visitors while retaining talent locally. I encourage Edmontonians to fly non-stop from the Edmonton International Airport as we work alongside YEG to stimulate economic growth in the Edmonton region, and to sustain it for years to come," said Edmonton Mayor, Amarjeet Sohi.

"We are excited to welcome WestJet's new nonstop service to Edmonton in 2024," said SFO Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. "With this announcement, San Francisco Bay Area travelers can enjoy an exciting new way to Canada, together with SFO's award-winning, world-class airport experience. We thank WestJet for their commitment to SFO and know this new destination will be a success."

Details of WestJet's new additions to Edmonton's transborder network

Route

Service
start date

Frequency

 Departure time
(local)

Arrival time
(local)

Edmonton –
Atlanta*

April 29

Daily

12:45 am

7:06 a.m

Atlanta –
Edmonton*

April 29

Daily

9:05 a.m

11:50 a.m

Edmonton –
San Francisco

June 20

5x weekly

11:30 a.m

1:32 p.m

San Francisco
– Edmonton

June 20

5x weekly

2:25 p.m

6:25 p.m

Edmonton -
Nashville

May 2

2x weekly

9:35 a.m

2:24 p.m

Nashville -
Edmonton

May 2

2x weekly

3:15 p.m

6:29 p.m

*Year-round connectivity



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