The FINANCIAL — WestJet on January 30 announced it will become the first Canadian carrier featuring non-stop service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Nashville’s Metropolitan Nashville Airport (BNA).
The twice-weekly route starts May 4, according to WestJet.
“WestJet continues to boost our flight network out of our Calgary hub,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “Nashville is known for its extensive list of concerts, events and landmarks. Just as the route out of Toronto has been embraced, we expect that Western Canadians will be thrilled to have the only non-stop access from Calgary to one of the most popular and happening cities in the U.S. WestJet once again offers our guests choice, convenience and low fares while travelling on Canada’s most trusted and caring airline this summer.”
“Today’s announcement marks Nashville’s first non-stop flight to Calgary and our second non-stop Canadian destination,” said Rob Wigington, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. “WestJet started direct-to-Toronto service less than a year ago, and we’re excited they’ve decided to bring even more international service to Nashville.”
“With Nashville being home to many musical friends and my investment in the NHL’s Predators, I truly welcome the new, non-stop service from Calgary”, said W. Brett Wilson, Calgary philanthropist and businessman. “I have been a dedicated WestJet flyer since their launch in 1996 and I’m a huge fan of their caring customer service. I’ll be on that first flight to one of North America’s great cities!”
WestJet began service to Nashville from Toronto in 2016 and currently flies six times weekly on WestJet Encore. Flights from Calgary to Nashville will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft featuring the enhanced Plus product and WestJet Connect, WestJet’s inflight entertainment system accessed directly through smartphones, tablets or computers. Guests on WestJet Connect aircraft can enjoy more than 500 hours of free entertainment, as well as the ability to purchase high-speed Internet packages. Almost 75 per cent of WestJet’s Boeing fleet is now equipped with WestJet Connect.