WestJet, fresh off the completion of its successful inaugural season of service between Calgary, Edmonton, and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport recently announced that the Canadian flights will be returning in October. These popular non-stop flights provide convenient and affordable access for the growing number of Canadians that visit the region and own homes in the East Valley.
“The East Valley market continues to grow, with more than 1.5 million people living within a 20-minute drive of the airport,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles, chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. “Our continued partnership with WestJet is great news for Gateway Airport and the East Valley. Recent air service announcements and major investments by companies like Apple and Intel are key indicators of a healthy and growing regional economy.”
“The Phoenix East Valley has proven to be a popular market for Canadian air travelers. The new Gateway Airport service complements our existing schedule at Phoenix Sky Harbor and provides air travelers with exceptional connectivity between the entire Valley and many Canadian markets,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet vice president of network planning, alliances and corporate development. “We are pleased to be returning to Gateway Airport in October and look forward to another successful winter season.”
The Arizona Office of Tourism reports that more than one million Canadian residents visited Arizona in 2016, spending an estimated $1.1 billion during their stay in the state.
“The return of WestJet to Gateway Airport is a direct reflection of the economic opportunities and robust growth occurring in both regions – Alberta and Phoenix,” said Glenn Williamson, CEO of the Canadian Arizona Business Council. “In addition to the many thousands of leisure travelers looking to get away on a sun-filled vacation, there are hundreds of companies with operations in both countries that will be able to take advantage of the additional flight options.”
For more information about Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, visit: www.gatewayairport.com.