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Canada’s WestJet has shared in a press release that it will start nonstop flights between its hub in Calgary, Alberta to Seoul, South Korea.
“It is with great pleasure that WestJet will serve as Alberta’s only direct link to South Korea, furthering our 787 global connectivity from our home city of Calgary,” said John Weatherill, WestJet group executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
Let’s take a look at all of the details of this upcoming nonstop service between Western Canada and Asia!
Nonstop Service Between Calgary and Seoul Coming in May
Flights aren’t bookable yet, as the new route between Calgary (YYC) and Seoul-Incheon (ICN) is still subject to government approvals in both Canada and South Korea.
However, if all goes as planned, flights will begin on May 17, 2024, and will operate 3 times per week according to the following schedule:
- Depart Calgary (YYC) 5:55 p.m. — Arrive Seoul (ICN) 8:45 p.m. (+1)
- Depart Seoul (ICN) 10:45 p.m. — Arrive Calgary (YYC) 6:15 p.m.
Flights will be operated by the carrier’s 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, offering 3 classes of service: business class, premium economy, and economy.
Seoul is a tremendously important gateway to East Asia, and the city on its own is a global magnet for both business and tourism. It wouldn’t be surprising if the airline were to increase the frequency of this route soon after its launch.Hot Tip:
WestJet isn’t just adding intercontinental routes to its network. Take a look at what the airline has planned in terms of new WestJet routes to the U.S. in 2024.
WestJet Continues International Expansion
After a brief experiment in establishing a dual-hub system in both Calgary and Toronto (YYZ), WestJet has since retrenched to its primary hub in Calgary and continues to build up its hub there.
The airline now serves several destinations in Europe from its hub, including London-Heathrow (LHR), Paris (CDG), Barcelona (BCN; seasonal), Dublin (DUB; seasonal), Edinburgh (EDI; seasonal), Reykjavik (KEF; seasonal), and Rome (FCO; seasonal).
Meanwhile, in Asia, Seoul will join Tokyo Narita (NRT) as the second nonstop destination to the continent for the airline. In addition, WestJet’s Narita flights will increase to daily frequencies come this summer.
WestJet will soon launch nonstop flights from its hub in Calgary to Seoul, South Korea. This is great news for business and leisure travelers alike, who will have easier access to one of Asia’s most important cities. Assuming all goes well on the approval side, these flights should be bookable within the next few weeks.
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