WestJet announced new non-stop weekly service between Calgary and Belize, effective November 3, 2017. The service is part of the airline's seasonal schedule for the winter of 2017-18 which includes more flights from Calgary to Vancouver, Toronto, Fort McMurray, Kelowna, Brandon, Grande Prairie, Kitchener, Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas.
Maintaining a steady and brisk growth path, the Belize Tourism Board states that overnight tourism arrivals have again registered a positive trend for the first half of this year. There was also an overall growth of 7.8% in tourism overnight arrivals for the second quarter of 2017. This is a clear affirmation that Belize continues to attract an increasing number of travelers as a ‘must visit’ destination.
Canadian travelers to Belize represent 7% of total visitors to Belize and the new flights from Calgary will give Canadians more access to the region.
"We are pleased to announce new service to Belize as well as an additional 52 flights per week this winter which will help drive growth at the airport and in the community.” - WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretzky.
There will be even more access to Belize by Canadians as Air Canada has also announced direct flights to the country starting in November. The Belize Tourism Board has been actively seeking to increase Belize’s market share in Canada, to increase the number of visitors.