Monday morning, Calgary, Alberta-based WestJet, Canada’s second largest airline, announced new flights to Denver, Colorado, the sixth largest airport in the country and a major mid-continental hub for United Airlines.

The new flight will operate between the airlines’ main maintenance base and hub at Calgary International Airport and Denver, operating daily using a Boeing 737 aircraft. It will operate under the following schedule:

WS1570 Calgary 10:10 a.m. departure -> Denver 12:26 p.m. arrival  Daily  B73W

WS1571 Denver 1:15 p.m. departure -> Calgary 3:46 p.m. arrival  Daily  B73W

Introductory one-way fares are starting at CAD $148.77, but this low fare is only available for the next week until August 21st.

If you book a normal “economy” fare, you can change or cancel your booking outside of seven days until scheduled departure, and seat selection will cost you anywhere between CAD $5 to $59, depending on the seat.

If you elect to fly on the “Flex” fare for roughly $100 more, your first checked bag is free, you can change or cancel your booking outside of 24 hours before your trip, and you get priority over economy passengers when it comes to seat selection.

Booking a “plus” ticket will give you all the benefits of flying WestJet, including two free bags, free change or cancelling of booking anytime before scheduled departure, priority boarding/screening, a seat in the exclusive “plus” cabin of the aircraft, and premium food and beverages. However, booking this fare will cost you anywhere between $200 and $500 more than a normal economy ticket.

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“Calgarians have enjoyed WestJet’s low fares and great guest experience since our inception and we are proud to bring our trusted brand to the Mile-High City, Denver,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “With its sophisticated business economy and stunning mountain scenery, Denver is a natural for the WestJet network. Connecting through Calgary will also allow Denver’s business and leisure travellers year round access to the broader Canadian WestJet network.”

The airline cited large business ties as a primary reason for the new flight, noting that “Canada ranks as Colorado’s largest trading partner, accounting for nearly $1.4 billion in exports in 2016.  In addition, Canada ranks as the second-largest foreign investor in Colorado, only the United Kingdom has more corporate presence.”

The cities of Calgary and Denver also have plenty of people flying between them, as the airline cited that over 150 passengers fly between the two cities each day. The announcement of this new flight comes after Frontier Airlines, Denver’s third largest airline tenant, announced new flights between Denver and Calgary beginning next year. United, Denver’s largest carrier and home to hundreds of loyal fliers in the mile high, operates four daily flights between the cities during Spring, utilizing regional jets and Airbus A319 aircraft. Needless to say, WestJet will not be short of competition on the route.

Denver is the 19th most populous city in the U.S. and is home to the fifth largest airport in the country. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Calgary has been on a roll lately with the addition of new flights from WestJet, with Belize City starting next year and the recent additions of Nashville, Loreto, and Houston to their already-complex route network out of YYC.

Denver may be expanding even more so than Calgary in recent months, however, as the airport has experienced and onslaught of new foreign carriers, nearly doubling the amount of international flights they had before. Among the new flights are Copa Airlines to Panama City, Edelweiss Air to Zurich, Norwegian Air Shuttle to Paris and London, United to Cozumel and London, and Aeromexico adding more flights to Mexico City. Already being the 15th largest airport in the world, exciting times are ahead for both Denver and Calgary Airports.

Featured photo by Max Trimm / Layoverhub

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