WestJet has unveiled a significant expansion of its European destination offerings through an extended codeshare partnership with Air France, set to take effect from September 25, 2023. This development will grant WestJet passengers access to an impressive network of 31 additional cities scattered across 11 European countries departing from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).
Over the past decade, the collaboration between WestJet and Air France has successfully facilitated travel for millions of passengers between Canada and Europe. The partnership has notably simplified the booking process with the convenience of a single ticket and allowed travelers to accumulate WestJet Dollars throughout their entire journey. The existing codeshare agreement between WestJet and Air France already encompassed 22 destinations accessible via Charles De Gaulle Airport. These routes will remain operational while expanding the total number of onward European destinations available to WestJet passengers to a remarkable 53.
Chris Avery, Vice-President of Commercial Development at WestJet, expressed his enthusiasm for this expansion, emphasizing how it provides Canadians with even more opportunities to transform their European vacation dreams into reality.
In response to strong demand for its seasonal service to Paris, WestJet has decided to extend its operations between Calgary and the City of Love to a year-round service. This means that WestJet’s 787 Dreamliner will now connect these two cities throughout the year, operating up to seven days a week during peak travel periods. This extended service not only caters to passengers traveling to Paris but also positions Calgary as an essential hub for travelers looking to connect seamlessly to Air France’s expanded list of European destinations.
Chris Avery further elaborated on the significance of this development, emphasizing that it will enhance connectivity between Canada and sought-after European locales such as Nice in the South of France, Helsinki in Finland, and sunny Valencia in Spain.
Fahmi Mahjoub, Senior Vice-President of Alliances at Air France KLM, noted the extensive relationship that already exists between Air France and WestJet, with more than 23 destinations in Canada offered under the Air France code. This latest expansion deepens the cooperation between the two airlines and extends a warm welcome to WestJet passengers to explore Air France’s extensive European network.