WestJet Expands European Network Through Enhanced Air France Codeshare Agreement
WestJet has announced a significant expansion of its codeshare agreement with Air France, offering guests access to 31 additional cities across 11 European countries via Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) starting September 25, 2023. This development comes from a fruitful 10-year partnership between the two airlines, facilitating the travel of millions between Canada and Europe.
The new agreement will allow Canadians to connect from Paris to over 53 European destinations with the convenience of a one-ticket journey. The expansion maintains the existing 22 destinations available through the Charles de Gaulle Airport under the previous codeshare agreement, bringing the total number of accessible destinations in Europe as part of the WestJet network to 53.
Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President of Commercial Development, expressed the company's excitement over doubling their destination offerings through the Air France codeshare agreement. He highlighted that this expansion significantly broadens the opportunities for Canadians to realize their European travel dreams.
Year-Round Service to Paris
Responding to the exceptional demand for its seasonal service to Paris, WestJet has extended the Calgary-Paris route to operate year-round. The service, which will continue to utilize WestJet's 787 Dreamliner, will work up to seven days per week during peak travel periods, serving as an ideal hub for guests to connect seamlessly to Air France flights to additional destinations.
Avery noted that as they gear up for their inaugural year of winter flights to Paris, this announcement marks a pivotal moment in their partnership with Air France. It promises enhanced connectivity between Canada and sought-after destinations such as Nice in France, Helsinki in Finland, and Valencia in Spain.Advertising
Comments from Air France
Fahmi Mahjoub, Air France KLM Senior Vice-President of Alliances, acknowledged the long-standing and extensive relationship between the two airlines, which already encompasses over 23 destinations across Canada under the Air France code. He welcomed the expansion, expressing honor in welcoming WestJet's guests onto their European network.
Since its inception in 1996, WestJet has grown from three aircraft serving five destinations to over 180 aircraft serving more than 100 destinations in 26 countries, with 14,000 employees. The airline has played a pivotal role in reducing airfares by half and increasing the flying population in Canada to over 50%.
Source: WestJet Press Release