WestJet will launch Boeing 787 Dreamliner service between Calgary and Amsterdam starting August 5, 2021. In July, the airline will also resume service to London Gatwick from both Calgary and Toronto.
On Monday (June 14, 2021), WestJet announced an expansion of their international network with new service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) starting August 5, 2021. The route will launch with twice-weekly service, increasing to three weekly flights from September 9th and will be serviced with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, featuring lie-flat Business Class seats along with on-demand dining and entertainment. The flights have been timed to offer late-day departures from Calgary and daytime arrivals in Amsterdam, as well as convenient connections at Schiphol to dozens of destinations including Athens, Berlin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Vienna and Venice.
In Monday’s announcement, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer, John Weatherill, said,
“We are committed to putting international investments in place, as leaders of the travel and tourism industry, to support a safe restart to international travel and further Canada's economic recovery. With flights set to begin later this summer, we look forward to helping connect Canadians to their loved ones in Europe, while continuing to provide affordable options for those who want to visit or reconnect with friends and family across our great country.
Also commenting on the new route, Calgary Airport Authority’s President & CEO, Bob Sartor, added,
“This year, our guests will have another direct option from Calgary to a bustling centre of commerce and culture. WestJet's new route from their home and hub at YYC to Amsterdam, will connect Calgarians to Europe and Europeans to Alberta through one of the best connected airports in the world.”
In July, WestJet will also resume flights to London Gatwick (LGW) with twice-weekly flights from Calgary (YYC) and three weekly flights from Toronto (YYZ).
Prior to the Global COVID-19 pandemic, WestJet and subsidiary regional airlines, WestJet Encore and WestJet Link, offered scheduled service to over 100 destinations across 23 countries in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. WestJet was founded in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, and has now grown to more than 180 aircraft and 14,000 employees. 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.