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WestJet celebrates inaugural flight from Calgary to London Heathrow

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  •   03-27-2022  8:35 am
  •   Pax Global Media

WestJet celebrates inaugural flight from Calgary to London Heathrow
From left: WestJet cabin crew member; Chris Hedlin, VP, network & alliances, WestJet; Colleen Tynan, VP, airports, WestJet; Chris Miles, VP, operations & infrastructure, Calgary Airport Authority, WestJet cabin crew member (CNW Group/WestJet)
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WestJet completed its inaugural flight from Calgary International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport on Sunday (March 27) with the arrival of flight WS18 at 12:00 pm local time. 

This new service adds to WestJet's already existing flights to London-Gatwick with the airline offering up to nine times weekly service between Calgary and London this summer. 

"We are pleased to provide our guests travelling to London for business and leisure with greater choice and convenience as we celebrate our inaugural flight to Heathrow Airport," said Chris Hedlin, WestJet Vice-President, Network & Alliances. "This new route not only strengthens Alberta's travel and tourism pipeline but creates new opportunities for our guests to benefit from access to one of the most connected global aviation hubs." 

Saturday's flight from Calgary "furthers the airline's commitment to Alberta as it continues to rebuild transatlantic connectivity between Canada and Europe," WestJet said. 

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The airline's service to Europe from YYC Calgary International airport now includes non-stop flights to London-Heathrow, London Gatwick and Paris with service to Rome and Dublin set to begin in May. 

National flags of Great Britain in London, UK. (Yuri Turkov/Shutterstock)

"We look forward to providing Canadians and Europeans with enhanced connectivity from Western Canada as we further our commitment to supporting the economic recovery of inbound tourism on both sides of the Atlantic," Hedlin said.

Here's the schedule:

Peak Frequency     
Start Date
Calgary – London Heathrow    
4x weekly
March 26, 2022    

U.K. drops all COVID travel rules  

The U.K. government recently decided to drop all COVID-19 travel rules for international visitors, regardless of their vaccination status.

What this means is that anyone entering the U.K., now, no longer needs to take a COVID-19 test or complete a passenger locator form.

READ MORE: A “landmark moment”: U.K. to end all remaining COVID travel rules on March 18

The changes, which took effect March 18, also removed the need for unvaccinated passengers to take a pre-departure test and a day 2 two post arrival test.

The U.K. government called the update a “landmark moment” for the travel industry, signalling a new chapter of learning how to live with coronavirus without disrupting the economy.

In an interview with PAX last week, Patricia Yates, deputy CEO of VisitBritain, said that she hopes the changes will help Britain compete internationally as tourists select their next adventure.

“For free-flowing tourism, you need open borders. Now we have that,” Yates said.

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