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Austin lands first nonstop flight to this international destination

Austin lands first nonstop flight to this international destination

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Whether you want to relive the opening scene of The Cutting Edge or just want to see Ted Cruz's hometown, there are many reasons to visit Calgary. Beginning this spring, WestJet will make it easier than ever with a new direct flight from A-Town to Cowtown. 

Beginning May 2, WestJet will begin servicing Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for the first time ever. Along with the new airline comes the city's first nonstop to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The seasonal offering will run through the summer with twice-weekly service to the Canadian city. 

“A love of the great outdoors is shared by Calgary and Central Texans," said ABIA's executive director, Jim Smith, in a release. "We look forward to those in Calgary enjoying Austin style fun, and we thank WestJet for connecting us to fun in a cooler climate." 

"Travelers will love the nonstop access to Calgary where opportunities abound for thrilling outdoor activities and long summer nights along the Bow and Elbow rivers," echoed Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet's COO.

The new nonstop takes off from Austin at 3:35 pm and lands at Calgary International Airport at 6:31 pm. Flights from CYY will depart at 10 am and arrive in AUS at 2:43 pm. The seasonal flight will be offered through October 24.

It's been a busy season for ABIA. In addition to WestJet, Spirit Airlines is scheduled to begin its Austin service with nonstop service to nine cities.