Canadian carrier WestJet has announced Atlanta as its newest U.S. destination.
The airline will begin flying to the world’s busiest airport on March 3, offering six weekly flights to its hub in Calgary on Boeing 737 aircraft. The schedule will increase to daily service on April 7.
With the new service, WestJet says Calgary customers will be able to book connecting flights on Delta to continue on to destinations such as New Orleans; Memphis, Tennessee; Charleston, South Carolina; and Pensacola, Florida.
WestJet will be the only airline flying nonstop between Atlanta and Calgary.
Airport officials in Calgary also touted the new connecting options that would be available to travelers thanks to WestJet’s tie-up with Delta.
“Being able to access the world’s busiest airport direct from Calgary is a strategic advantage that will allow our guests more access to the U.S. and connect to more places in the world,” Bob Sartor, Calgary Airport Authority’s CEO, said in a statement.
WestJet launched in 1996 as a low-cost carrier that’s grown during the past two decades to become Canada’s second-biggest airline.
As it has grown, however, WestJet has begun to more closely resemble a traditional carrier. It now has multiple aircraft types operating its routes, for example, and has unveiled plans for a business-class cabin on its new Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft that will begin arriving in early 2019.
The airline now flies from several Canadian hubs and bases to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.
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