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WestJet launches first flight to Seoul from Calgary

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  •   05-20-2024  10:16 am
  •   Pax Global Media

WestJet launches first flight to Seoul from Calgary
WestJet says Annyeong-haseyo to South Korea with first flight between Calgary & Seoul. (WestJet)
Pax Global Media

The WestJet Group on May 17 launched its first flight to Seoul from Calgary, establishing a direct link between Alberta and South Korea.

"Canada and South Korea's decades-long history in mutual support, shared values, and bilateral trade initiatives have set the stage for WestJet's service to Seoul, marking a significant milestone in strengthening cultural exchange and economic ties between the two nations," said John Weatherill, WestJet Group executive vice-president and chief commercial officer, in a press release.  

"Bringing an authentic, reliable and essential service offering to life was possible due to the collaboration and advocacy of our dedicated WestJetters, countless government agencies and stakeholders passionate about bringing our cultures closer together."

WestJet service to Seoul will operate on the airline's 787 Dreamliner three times per week through Oct. 27, 2024, and will return in Spring 2025.

Route

Frequency

Departure

Arrival

Calgary-Seoul

3x weekly

17:55

20:45+1

Seoul-Calgary

3x weekly

22:45

18:15

The Alberta-South Korea Connection

The new route comes as South Korea remains one of Canada's top source countries of international students. Alberta also has strong trade ties with many countries in the Indo-Pacific regions. 

With three weekly flights and 60 tonnes of cargo capacity into and out of South Korea, WestJet says it will also deliver efficient cargo solutions.

"WestJet's brand-new service to Seoul will inspire Canadians to explore their horizons in South Korea with the convenience of flying a familiar airline. We have gone above and beyond to ensure all guests have an elevated experience onboard including introducing the option of western and Korean inflight meals, Korean entertainment options and onboard Korean announcements," said Weatherill.

Guests will also have access to six additional cities across four Asian countries from Incheon International Airport (ICN) through WestJet's codeshare agreement with Korean Airlines.

WestJet's service to Seoul is one of many transoceanic service offerings available this summer. 

Guests travelling out of WestJet's hub in Calgary can also connect to Tokyo and seven European destinations as part of the airline's robust international offerings. 

Earlier this month, WestJet revealed plans to transition its seasonal service between Calgary and Tokyo to a yearly cadence. 


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