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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to welcome first international flight from Canada

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PHOENIX — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is about to be awarded a new title: International airport.

The airport will welcome its first international flight from WestJet Airlines on Thursday at 1:30 p.m., according to a recent press release.

The flight will make its way from Calgary, Alberta in Canada and will be greeted in Mesa with goodies, including cake and grab bags.

WestJet will offer non-stop service from Calgary and Edmonton into Mesa, a move that was initially announced in November 2016.

Flights to Calgary will occur three times a week and flights to Edmonton will occur only once a week.

The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has seen a spike in interest over the past year: Other airlines, including NewLeaf and Allegiant, have begun to offer flights out of the East Valley airport.

NewLeaf, a Canadian airline, will also begin offering flights to and from Calgary and Edmonton three times a week.

Allegiant will be offering domestic, low-cost flights from Fresno, California, Memphis, Tennessee and Des Moines, Iowa.

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