The FINANCIAL — With the arrival of flight 1518 today, WestJet officially inaugurates the start of service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport from Calgary. Inaugural service from Edmonton begins January 21.
“WestJet is providing our guests in Calgary and Edmonton even more options when travelling to this very popular sun destination,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning. “The Phoenix-Mesa market is very robust and WestJet continues to add new service to meet demand. These new non-stop flights connect Albertans to a highly desirable leisure market and offer convenience to those looking to fly directly into Mesa. We are proud to have Mesa as our 28th U.S. destination.”
“Tourism is a vital part of our economy, and the Greater Phoenix area is home to hundreds of businesses that trade goods and services with Canada,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles, Chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. “Having direct international service to Calgary and Edmonton opens the door for additional economic opportunities for the Valley. In addition, these new flights offer the community easy access to Alberta’s tourism industry including some of the best skiing in North America. WestJet is known for their exceptional customer service and they are a perfect complement to the Just Plane Easy experience at Gateway Airport.”
Service between Calgary and Phoenix-Mesa will operate three times weekly and Edmonton and Phoenix-Mesa will operate once weekly through April 29, 2017, according to WestJet.
This winter, the airline has a total of 60 weekly flights to Arizona including a recently added second flight on Tuesdays from Edmonton to Phoenix. Edmonton now has a total of 12 weekly flights to Arizona while Calgary has a total of 22.
Flights 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. Almost 75 per cent of WestJet’s Boeing fleet is now equipped with WestJet Connect.
All flights allow WestJet Rewards members the opportunity to earn WestJet dollars to be used towards the payment of a WestJet-marketed flight or a WestJet Vacations package (excluding taxes, fees and charges).