By Michael Garko, In Airline News
Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet announced on Tuesday that it will begin flying to Chicago-O’hare International Airport with flights to Calgary and Vancouver, British Columbia.
“We’re pleased to introduce service to and from Chicago,” said John MacLeod, WestJet Vice-President, Network Management and Alliances in the airline’s release. “The addition of Chicago shows how our continued growth and code-share agreements are working together to provide guests with non-stop service from the East and West. We believe this balance appeals to both business and leisure travelers looking to experience what Chicago has to offer, as well as for northbound travelers looking to visit Banff and the Rocky Mountains via Calgary or board cruise ships from Vancouver. We look forward to welcoming new and returning guests on board these exciting new services.”
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Flights for both routes will begin May 14 on WestJet’s Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft. WestJet currently offers connections to Chicago through a codeshare with American Airlines and its affiliate American Eagle.
“Chicago is a national hub with a global presence,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the Chicago Department of Aviation release. “This new international service by WestJet will add to our city’s economic growth, bring new job opportunity and increase options for travelers coming into and out of the city.