WestJet celebrated the launch of new service between Calgary and Charlottetown on Thursday with the departure and arrival of flights 630 and 631 between the communities. The new nonstop service links Western Canada and Prince Edward Island for the first time.
On Thursday (July 29, 2021), WestJet announced the launch of inaugural nonstop service between Calgary and Charlottetown with the departure and arrival of flights 630 and 631 between the communities. The new nonstop service directly links Western Canada to Prince Edward Island for the first time, marking a positive sign for the travel and tourism markets of both regions. WestJet’s new twice-weekly service between Charlottetown and Calgary will operate on Thursdays and Sundays. The route was originally planned to launch in June 2020, but was delayed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In Thursday’s announcement, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer, John Weatherill, said,
“The introduction of new service between Prince Edward Island and Calgary is an important milestone for WestJet, our guests and these communities. As vaccination rates across Canada continue to rise and restrictions ease, there's no better way to demonstrate our commitment to Canada's economic recovery than by seeing our investments take off as we continue to restore our network and reconnect Canadians from coast-to-coast.”
Upon arrival of WestJet flight 630 in Charlottetown, guests visiting from Calgary were greeted by Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown, who said,
“The City of Charlottetown is thrilled about the announcement of the new direct flight from Calgary. We are truly excited for this opportunity for more Canadians to experience everything our beautiful city has to offer. Thank you, WestJet, for your continued efforts to connect Canadians from coast to coast.”
Charlottetown Airport’s CEO, Doug Newson, added,
“We are delighted to welcome WestJet's new non-stop service from Calgary, connecting Western Canada with Prince Edward Island for the first time. As Canadians start exploring our country once again, this service will provide a convenient option for Islanders now calling Alberta home and for new tourists wanting to explore our beautiful Island.”
Celebrating 25 years of service, WestJet has cut airfares for Canadians in half and increased the flying population around Canada by over 50 percent. The airline launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, and has now grown to more than 180 aircraft and 14,000 employees, offering service to 100 destinations in 23 countries (pre-pandemic). Even during these unprecedented times, the carrier has maintained their rating by Cirium as one of the top ten airlines for on-time performance in North America.