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WestJet eyes resumption of flights to California later this year

WestJet has announced that it will be resuming flights to California in the United States later this year.

Orange County/Anaheim

WestJet is reintroducing flights between Calgary and Orange County/Anaheim starting 4th November 2021. The flights will initially operate 2-times-a-week but will increase to 3-times-a-week from 7th December 2021.

The flights between Calgary International Airport and Orange County’s John Wayne Airport will run with the following schedule:

  • Calgary-Orange County
  • Departure time: 10:20
  • Arrival time: 12:30
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: WS1580
  • Frequency: Thursdays and Saturdays (increasing to 3-weekly flights from 7th December 2021 with additional flights on Tuesdays)
  • Orange County-Calgary
  • Departure time: 13:30
  • Arrival time: 17:28
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 08 minutes
  • Flight number: WS1581
  • Frequency: Thursdays and Saturdays (increasing to 3-weekly flights from 7th December 2021 with additional flights on Tuesdays)

These flights will be operated by the airline’s Boeing B737 aircraft.

John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet, said:

We are excited to increase connectivity between the Golden State and Alberta, another step toward strengthening our presence as Western Canada’slargest air carrier, while restoring our transborder network. Whether visiting the many world-renowned theme parks in Orange County, escaping the cold winter to explore San Francisco’s coastline or jet setting to marvel at the Canadian Rockies, these routes will provide more affordable and convenient travel options for business and leisure travel.

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San Francisco

Additionally, the airline moves from summer flights to providing year-round twice-weekly service between Calgary and San Francisco starting 31st October 2021.

The schedules for these flights are:

  • Calgary-San Francisco
  • Departure time: 10:45
  • Arrival time: 12:29
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 44 minutes
  • Flight number: WS1508
  • Frequency: Thursdays and Sundays
  • San Francisco-Calgary
  • Departure time: 13:30
  • Arrival time: 17:15
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: WS1509
  • Frequency: Thursdays and Sundays

Note that the above mentioned schedule is for flights starting 31st October 2021. WestJet does operate flights presently between Calgary and San Francisco but that comes under the summer schedule of the airline.

The Calgary Airport Authority said:

Congratulations to WestJet on the announcement of their direct route from YYC to Orange County, and the extended year-round capacity to the city famous for its Golden Gate bridge. These added U.S. routes strengthen our role as WestJet’s hub and provide more Albertans the ability to visit sunny California. We also say ‘hello/bonjour’ to Californians visiting Calgary given the eased restrictions for U.S. travelers.

Codeshare with Delta

WestJet passengers flying to Orange County/Anaheim and San Francisco from Calgary will benefit from easy connections, through WestJet’s codeshare partnership with Delta, gaining access to Delta’s extensive network of U.S. destinations. Additionally, top-tier WestJet Rewards members and Business cabin guests will enjoy benefits through their connections to Delta’s network including access to Delta Sky Club lounges.

Meanwhile, WestJet recently announced that it will launch flights to Amsterdam and resume flights to London Gatwick. The airline will also expand its services to Hawaii this winter and launch a dedicated cargo arm in 2022. The airline will restart many routes across Canada, has added Seattle to its network and has resumed flights to Paris too.

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