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WestJet includes Houston in 2015 expansion plan

WestJet includes Houston in 2015 expansion plan

WestJet is the latest international carrier to add service to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. Beginning Sept. 8, the Canadian low-cost carrier will launch nonstop service between Houston and Calgary. WestJet will fly one daily round-trip flight on Boeing 737 aircraft. WestJet’s arrival continues a remarkable run of new international service for IAH in the past year-and-a-half.635572634463391297-AP-Earns-WestJet

In December, Taiwanese carrier EVA announced it would begin flying its distinctive Hello Kitty-themed planes to Houston this summer. And that’s just one of several new airlines that are adding new routes from the airport. Also in December, Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways said it would add flights from IAH to Tokyo Narita.

Elsewhere, Korean Air and Scandinavian carrier SAS are among the major international carriers that have added new long-haul routes from the airport in 2014. Others, including Air China and Emirates, have beefed up capacity on existing IAH routes. In addition, United launched new international routes to Munch and Santiago, Chile, while low-cost carrier Spirit announced a major expansion at IAH that includes several Latin American destinations.

As for WestJet, Houston is one of two new destinations the carrier unveiled as it rolled out its summer schedule. WestJet also will add flights to the small Newfoundland community of Gander. WestJet previously flew to Gander, but ended its service there in 2005. In returning to the central Newfoundland airport, WestJet will offer seasonal daily service from Gander to both Toronto and Halifax.

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