Historic partnership between The WestJet Group and the Government of Alberta lays the foundation for future aviation growth in the province

Historic partnership between The WestJet Group and the Government of Alberta lays the foundation for future aviation growth in the province

The WestJet Group means Calgary as an exclusive global connecting hub, and will concentrate all 787 Dreamliner intercontinental flights to YYC Calgary International Airport

Partnership to make alberta the most cost-competitive aviation market Canadapromote the province to the world, drive sustainability, improve post-secondary programs and improve the supply of skilled labor for the aviation sector

WestJet Group will double its capacity at YYC before the end of the decade

CALGARY, Alta., October 5, 2022 /CNW/ – The WestJet Group and the Government of alberta today announced a one-of-a-kind partnership focused on meaningfully improving aviation in the province to support a stronger economy and a sustainable, sustainable future for from Alberta aeronautical sector. As the airline pursues its growth strategy, WestJet will invest in aircraft capacity, with asset values ​​exceeding seven billion dollarsin Calgary alone, thanks to major fleet commitments to be based in the province.

WestJet will designate YYC Calgary International Airport as its only global connecting hub and concentrate all intercontinental 787 Dreamliner flights in Calgaryopening up the possibility of new itineraries within North Americaat Europewith the potential to reach Asia. Alongside the 787s, WestJet will increase its mid-range fleet and strengthen its North American offerings, with its commitment to double its capacity in Calgary before the end of the decade.

In addition to CalgaryWestJet plans to expand its network into other Canadian communities, strengthening its presence in the East and in leisure travel across the country, in line with its strategic plan released in June 2022 and its recent purchase announcement for 42 Boeing 737-10 MAXs.

alberta has been the home of WestJet for 26 years and today’s historic agreement builds on an existing foundation of low tax rates and investment-friendly policies. As western canada home team carrier, alberta is an area we want to continue to invest in to ensure WestJet’s successful future,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, Chief Executive Officer, WestJet Group. “During the pandemic and afterwards, the government of alberta prioritized the importance and advancement of aviation and the visitor economy throughout the province and recognized that aviation is essential to the economic diversification of alberta.”

The agreement between the airline and the government of alberta will see the government invest in the development from Alberta aeronautical sector. It further sets out strategic and collaborative priorities to ensure that provincial policies are aligned and in support of the development of the entire aviation industry in alberta. The government of alberta and the WestJet Group will look for opportunities to address the overall cost competitiveness challenges for the industry.

“It’s a memorable day for alberta and a game changer for our economy. Diversification and economic development happen right here in alberta“said the Honorable Jason Kenney, Premier of alberta. “By choosing Calgary As a unique global hub, locating its entire Dreamliner fleet here and increasing its annual seat capacity by 80%, WestJet will significantly improve global connectivity, tourism and passenger options. »

“Today is a proud day for our organization as we continue to strengthen our home province with four distinct advantages: affordability, sustainability, infrastructure and people,” continued von Hoensbroech. “This agreement demonstrates WestJet’s commitment to our global hub airport in Calgary, because investments like this can only happen in the right business and operational environments. YYC Calgary International Airport gives us that confidence and with these investments, Calgary can become North America the most connected medium-sized city.”

Partnership Highlights:

Affordability

  • Provide Travel Alberta with additional funding to support travel and tourism efforts
  • Working to address the challenges associated with high aviation fuel prices for air passengers and industry
  • Advance from Alberta status as a global aviation hub by allowing more flights to and from and more connecting passengers

People

  • Improving access to pilot training through investments and expansion of the Mont Royal University Pilot Training Program
  • Collaboration to ensure pilots are trained alberta with the right technology and partnerships
  • Potential development of advanced commercial aviation training programs for aviation-related specialties, including a potential diploma program
  • Funding for an annual on-the-job training grant to support training and other associated costs

Sustainability

  • Commitment to the development of large-scale Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) capability by alberta as a central element of economic diversification and reducing aviation carbon emissions
  • Commitment to help WestJet improve its own technology and software to support a low-carbon future

Infrastructure

  • Government of alberta and the WestJet Group to pursue growth opportunities through strategic public and private investments that meet the needs of the aerospace and aviation sector

Additional Quotes

“For more than a quarter of a century, WestJet has been a leader from Canada aviation sector and a vital part of our city’s economic growth and diversification. I cannot stress enough how important it is for businesses to Calgary to be able to easily connect to other major global business centers,” said Calgary Mayor, Jyoti Gondek. “Today is a great example of the City and Province working effectively together with a leading local business to make a major investment in our economic future and Calgary a global hub for the aviation industry.”

“It’s an exciting day for YYC and alberta. WestJet’s decision to make YYC its one-stop global hub demonstrates confidence in the Calgary airport and solidifies a major investment in the region and alberta,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority. “We are firmly committed to ensuring our hub carrier and strategic airline partner has the business and operational environment it needs to continue to grow its business with YYC. We welcome support for future investment in the alberta and Calgary airline industry announced today by WestJet and the Government of alberta.”

About WestJet

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the number of travelers in Canada more than 50 percent. WestJet was launched in 1996 with three planes, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 planes, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, before the pandemic.

For more information on everything WestJet, please visitwestjet.com.

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