WestJet has unveiled plans to include Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul, South Korea, to its expanding roster of international destinations. This move is a key component of WestJet’s broader growth strategy aimed at bolstering Calgary’s status as an intercontinental hub. The airline is set to operate services three days a week during the upcoming summer season, allowing travelers between Calgary and Seoul to experience the comfort and luxury of WestJet’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Pending regulatory approvals, WestJet expects to open bookings for these flights in early 2024. To celebrate this exciting development, Canadians are invited to participate in a contest for a chance to win a round-trip flight to Seoul. Additionally, participants will receive notifications once the flights become available for purchase.
WestJet is proud to establish itself as Alberta’s exclusive direct link to South Korea, further expanding the global connectivity of its 787 fleet from its home base in Calgary. John Weatherill, WestJet Group’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, highlighted the significance of this new route: “Beyond creating greater two-way tourism opportunities, WestJet service between Seoul and Calgary will increase connectivity between Western Canada and Asia, generating unique business and cargo opportunities. We saw tremendous success with the launch of service to Asia last summer and anticipate our entry into Seoul will be warmly welcomed by Canadians.”
Chris Dinsdale, CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority, expressed enthusiasm for WestJet’s new route, emphasizing its role in fortifying Calgary International Airport (YYC) as an international gateway: “As a hub for connecting travelers to people and places around the world, we are excited to welcome WestJet’s new route between YYC and South Korea’s Incheon International Airport. The expansion provides additional opportunities for guests to explore the sites and experiences offered by these two incredible regions and illustrates YYC’s strength as an international gateway.”