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Airline adds year-round Mexico City from Calgary and Vancouver starting March 2018

CALGARY, Oct 3, 2017 /CNW/ - WestJet announced today that is has expanded its position as the Canadian airline with the most flights to Mexico by adding flights from Calgary and Vancouver to Mexico City. Nonstop, year-round flights will start March 2018 and are vital to further expanding trade and tourism between the two countries.

WestJet adds year-round Mexico City from Calgary and Vancouver starting March 2018. (CNW Group/WestJet)

"We are proud of our continued investments in connecting the economies of Canada and Mexico and providing choice and competition for Canada's business and leisure travellers," said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President Commercial. "These flights will also enable Mexican visitors an affordable option to discover our country and Mexican businesses to increase commercial ties."

"WestJet's new non-stop service to Mexico City will be another great route option for Albertans looking to connect to one of the world's largest trading markets," said Bob Sartor, President and CEO for The Calgary Airport Authority. "As a burgeoning business market for agriculture and oil and gas, this is an important link as our city and region looks for opportunities to grow and diversify our economy."

"I want to congratulate WestJet for expanding its service to Mexico," said The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism. "Our government understands the important contribution tourism makes to our economy. As Canada's largest service export, and an industry that supports more than 1.8 million jobs in Canadian communities ? from coast to coast to coast ? we are committed to working with our partners to build on the recent successes the industry has experienced. And through Canada's New Tourism Vision, we have a plan to achieve this. This past year, we have seen tremendous growth in Canada-Mexico tourism. As one of our priority markets, we are committed to seeing this grow further still."

"This is excellent news?YVR greatly values our partner WestJet and their efforts to link our airport with key destinations around the world," said Craig Richmond, President and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority. "Mexico City is rich in experiences, offering incredible tourism options and a broad range of business opportunities. It's also one of Latin America's key connecting hubs?providing passengers with access to amazing destinations. We are excited to work with WestJet to ensure this new route is a big success."

Starting March 14, WestJet will begin service with four weekly flights between Calgary and Mexico City. On March 15, WestJet will launch three-time weekly service between Vancouver and Mexico City. Effective April 29, both routes move to daily service.

WestJet currently serves 10 cities in Mexico from 17 Canadian cities and offers more non-stop routes than any other Canadian airline ? at peak winter schedule the airline will be operating more than 140 flights per week. Since 2012, the airline's traffic to Mexico has grown by more than 50 per cent. Last winter, WestJet flew an average of 18 daily roundtrips between Canada and Mexico, carrying a total of more than one million guests to that country.

WestJet and Mexico's flag carrier, Aeromexico, have been interline partners since 2011 and full codeshare partners since 2015.

Details of WestJet's new routes:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Calgary ? Mexico City

Four times
weekly

9:30 a.m.

2:44 p.m.

March 14,
2018

Mexico City ? Calgary

Four times
weekly

3:45 p.m.

9:22 p.m.

March 15,
2018

Calgary ? Mexico City

Daily

9:40 a.m.

3:46 p.m.

April 29, 2018

Mexico City ? Calgary

Daily

4:50 p.m.

9:12 p.m.

April 29, 2018

Vancouver ? Mexico
City

Three times
weekly

8:30 a.m.

2:40 p.m.

March 15,
2018

Mexico City  ?
Vancouver

Three times
weekly

3:45 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

March 14,
2018

Vancouver ? Mexico
City

Daily

7 a.m.

2:23 p.m.

April 29, 2018

Mexico City  ?
Vancouver

Daily

3:25 p.m.

6:58 p.m.

April 29, 2018

Introductory one-way fares are available starting from:

Departing

Arriving

Air transportation
charges (ATC)

Taxes,
fees and
charges

Total one-way
price from*

Base
fare
from

Other ATC

Calgary

Mexico City

$99

$7.50

$91.73

$198.23 CAD

Vancouver

Mexico City

$110

$7.50

$81.23

$198.73 CAD

*Book by October 3, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT). Some restrictions apply. For more details on please visit www.westjet.com/flight-schedules-new.

About WestJet

WestJet is proud to be named Best Airline in Canada and one of the best Low Cost Airlines in North America, based on authentic reviews from the travelling public on Trip Advisor, the world's largest travel site. We are 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. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas.  Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods, and have access to Member Exclusive fares offering deals to WestJet destinations throughout our network and those of our partner airlines.

WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol WJA. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.  

Recent recognition includes:
2017/2016 Canada's Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)
2017 Best Airline in Canada and Travellers' Choice Winner Mid-Sized and Low Cost Airlines ? North America (TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2016 Canada's most reputable company for Corporate Social Responsibility (Reputation Institute)
2016/2015/2014/2013/2012 Ranked top three for Canadian Brands (Canadian Business Magazine)
2016/2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (MoneySense magazine)
2015/2011/2010/2008/2007/2006/2005 Canada's Most Admired Corporate Culture (Waterstone Human Capital)
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)

Connect with WestJet on Facebook at facebook.com/westjet
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Read the WestJet blog at blog.westjet.com

SOURCE WestJet


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