WestJet to expand services to Canada from Dublin

Canadian airline WestJet is planning to increase services between Atlantic Canada and Dublin Airport in summer 2019.

The airline will launch a new daily summer service from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Dublin from next April, but is discontinuing its existing summer service from St John’s, Newfoundland to Dublin.

The Halifax-Dublin service will operate from April 29, 2019 until October 25, 2019. Last month WestJet announced that it would operate a new three times weekly Calgary-Dublin service next summer.

Applauding the move, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison, said ‘Canada has been a really strong market for Dublin Airport in recent years, with excellent business and leisure traffic, and this expansion will help it grow even further. Additional capacity will generate more tourism visitors for Ireland and further enhance the already strong business and trade links between Ireland and Canada.’

The expansion will increase WestJet’s capacity from Atlantic Canada to Ireland by 27 percent, as the new Halifax service will be operated by a new Boeing 737-MAX aircraft. The Halifax flights will be timed to optimise connections with WestJet’s services to central Canada and the Atlantic provinces.

Halifax will be one of six Canadian destinations served directly from Dublin Airport next summer; joining Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Hamilton, Ontario. Dublin Airport will also have direct services to 18 destinations in the United States next year as part of its largest ever transatlantic offering.

Dublin Airport has served nearly 27 million passengers in the first 10 months of the year, which is a 6% increase compared to the same period in 2017. More than 1.6 million additional passengers have travelled through the airport between January and October.

Primera Air to commence direct services to US, Canada, Spain from Birmingham Airport

Icelandic leisure airline Primera Air has announced plans to launch direct low-cost services from Birmingham Airport to New York, Toronto, Malaga, Barcelona, Palma and Crete, effective from May.

The airline will commence its services on May 14 to Malaga and Palma, with New York launching on the May 18 and Toronto on June 23. Crete will start on July 30 and Barcelona on October 1. Flights will operate to New York four times weekly and to Toronto three times per week. Malaga, Palma and Barcelona will operate daily and Crete each Monday. New York and Toronto fares start from £149.00 (one way, all taxes included). Malaga, Palma and Barcelona start from £35 and Crete from £54. Tickets are available on sale via www.primeraair.co.uk, the airport said in a release.

Anastasija Visnakova, Chief Commercial Officer, for Primera Air, said, ‘We are proud and excited to place Birmingham on our route map for 2018. With two transatlantic and four short-haul destinations we are opening our operations here and looking forward to further development of this Primera Air base.

‘This is an important first step for us and significant development for Birmingham Airport and region. With the technology that our brand new fleet offers expensive transatlantic travel becomes a thing of history’.

Chairman of Birmingham Airport, Tim Clarke, said, ‘Primera has seen the enormous opportunities available in the Midlands thanks to its strong trading and cultural links with the US and Canada, and the leisure travellers’ desire to escape to warmer Mediterranean climes.

‘Primera is able to offer low fares due to its brand new fuel efficient Airbus A321 Neos which means that these services are accessible to all pockets – whether travelling on holiday, visiting loved ones or flying for business.’

The airline, which launched its new base in Birmingham recently, will operate brand new Airbus A321 Neos, configured with 16 premium economy seats and 182 economy seats. The new-generation aircraft allows airlines like Primera to fly on routes usually served by wide-body jets. Passengers can also use Wi-Fi on board and the aircraft has full charging facilities for their devices.

WestJet announces new daily direct service to London from Halifax

Canadian airline WestJet has announced plans to launch a daily direct flight service between Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Gatwick Airport in London.

The new route is part of WestJet’s 2018 summer schedule, and also includes a new route from Halifax to Paris. Starting April 29, WestJet will begin daily service between Halifax and London (Gatwick), while the service to Paris will begin on May 31, 2018. One-way introductory fares from Halifax to London or Paris are available for 199 Canadian dollars all inclusive.

‘As the carrier with the most transatlantic flights from Halifax, we are thrilled to announce our first foray onto the European mainland,’ said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, and Commercial. ‘Venturing to London and now Paris is an indication of our ambitious growth plans as we move towards becoming a global network carrier.’

‘We look forward to working with WestJet to launch this exciting new long-haul route, which will further enhance Gatwick’s position as the world’s busiest departure airport for low-cost, long-haul services,’ said Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport. ‘Halifax has lots to offer visitors from the U.K., with its rich maritime history, year-round festivals and buoyant nightlife making it a must-visit global city. With Halifax also being one of Canada’s main economic hubs, these new flights will provide an important link between the two countries’ business communities at a time when worldwide connections are vital for the U.K.’

‘We’re delighted with WestJet’s new routes to and from Halifax, as France and the U.K. are among the largest tourism markets and most important trading partners in Europe. Strengthening ties with strategic markets in Europe is good for inbound tourism, trade, investment and immigration,’ says Joyce Carter, President and CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority. ‘This announcement demonstrates confidence in our community, our region and our future as Halifax Stanfield connects travellers to and from Europe and beyond.’

The new flights will be operated on the airline’s new and guest-friendly aircraft, the Boeing 737-8 MAX, the airline said.

Gatwick expands transatlantic network as British Airways adds new routes to Toronto and Las Vegas

British Airways has said that it will add two new transatlantic routes – Toronto and Las Vegas – to its summer 2018 schedule at Gatwick.

With the two new destinations, the total number of new routes introduced at Gatwick in 2017 will increase to six and the total number of routes flying from Gatwick to 71, of which 24 of them long-haul and 47 short-haul.

The new service to Toronto will commence on May 1, with three flights per week, and Las Vegas will be returning with three flights a week from March 27, 2018. The fares to Toronto in World Traveller will start from £453 return and fares to Las Vegas from Gatwick will start from £699 return, including taxes and charges.

The new Toronto service will be British Airways’ first flight to Canada from Gatwick, and comes after the launch of new long-haul routes to Oakland and Fort Lauderdale in the US. The Las Vegas route comes after high demand for the airline’s current service from Heathrow.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ director of networks and alliances, said: ‘Gatwick has always offered a great range of long-haul destinations, but adding Toronto and Las Vegas to the summer schedule will take the number of transatlantic routes to 21, making Canada, the US and the Caribbean more accessible than ever before.

‘It’s particularly exciting to be adding Canada to the list of places our customers will be able to explore from Gatwick, and we look forward to welcoming our Canadian customers in to London.’

British Airways customers travelling from Gatwick will benefit from the airline’s modern facilities at Gatwick’s south terminal. Passengers travelling in Club World will also have access to a new lounge area at Gatwick, which opened in spring this year.

London Gatwick announce expansion of service to Canada, launches GatwickConnects

London Gatwick has announced the expansion of its long-haul routes with the addition of six new routes by Canadian airline WestJet, which will connect Gatwick and Canada with flights set to start in the summer of 2016.

The new low-cost, long haul routes linking Gatwick to Canada will fly to Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Alberta, Winnipeg and St John’s.

A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport said: ‘WestJet’s new services between London Gatwick and Canada are the latest addition to Gatwick’s long-haul success story. Flights to long-haul destinations are the fastest growing of the more than 220 destinations that Gatwick flies to today.

We are delighted to be working with Westjet and these new routes exemplify the choice and competition Gatwick has been able to provide travellers since BAA’s monopoly of airports was broken up.’

Separately, Gatwick Airport has also announced the launch of its new GatwickConnects booking service through which flights could be booked in one transaction. It also offers travellers the peace of mind that Gatwick will take care of passengers if flights fail to operate as planned.

Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport commented: ‘Gatwick is a competitive and innovative airport that can respond quickly to the changing way people are choosing to fly. We are uniquely placed to offer a service like GatwickConnects, due to the breadth of our route network and our diverse short and long haul airline mix.

‘This new service will provide outstanding choice for passengers, as well as genuine savings, and we will offer travellers a range of hassle free check-in, baggage handling and hospitality benefits while they are with us.

‘GatwickConnects is the latest example of the better standards, choice and competition travellers have enjoyed since BAA’s monopoly of airports was broken up. Gatwick remains the best and most deliverable option to deliver the runway that UK consumers need.’

Gatwick Airport has the UK’s largest route network, serving 11 UK regional points and 190 international destinations. Passengers travelling with easyJet, Norwegian and WOW will also be able to use the service and book flights through GatwickConnects.

London Gatwick and WestJet announces Canada-Gatwick service

London Gatwick Airport and WestJet have announced that they have reached an agreement under which the Canadian low-fares airline will launch flights between London and Canada, commencing in spring 2016.

As the low-cost long haul trend continues, WestJet has selected London, England as the first transatlantic destination from Canada for its wide-body Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The service is expected to open up the market between North America and London, providing cost effective access to cities in Canada for British business and leisure travellers, and also offer Canadian travellers new opportunities to visit Britain.

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: ‘WestJet’s announcement that it will connect Canada and London is further illustration that the growth of low cost long haul will continue to be a game-changer, increasing competition and services for passengers.

‘As we near a recommendation on where the UK’s next runway should be built, it is clear that expansion must encourage the growth of this sector as it becomes more and more prominent in the market.

‘Gatwick’s expansion plan is more flexible, and will be available to all airlines and service all routes including the low cost long haul sector – it would effectively future proof the UK’s aviation market.’

WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky added: ‘London Gatwick is the ideal airport for our first transatlantic wide-body destination. WestJet needs more well-managed and efficient airports like Gatwick to continue to offer the best fares available for our guests. As we look at more international destinations as part of our growth strategy, we will look to airports who share our passion for efficient, low-cost travel combined with a remarkable guest experience.’

A leader in affordable leisure and business travel, WestJet will now add London to its list of routes. The schedule, fares and other specifics of the Gatwick service is expected to be announced later this summer.

WestJet launches daily direct service between Halifax and Glasgow

Canadian airlines WestJet has announced the launch of a non-stop daily service between Halifax, Canada; and Glasgow, Scotland, with same-aircraft service beginning in Toronto.

The inaugural flight on WestJet’s #TartanTail took off from Toronto Pearson on May 29 at 6:10 p.m. EDT with a brief stop at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, before departing for Glasgow at 10:45 p.m. ADT.

‘Today’s launch of service to the UK marks the start of another exciting chapter in the history of WestJet,’ said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. ‘As Canada’s low-fare leader for nearly 20 years, we have dedicated ourselves to liberating Canadians from the high cost of air travel. With our service to Ireland and the U.K., we are making it more affordable than ever before to travel overseas, whether for business or leisure.’

The Hon. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Government of Canada, commented: ‘By taking the initiative to seek out new opportunities beyond Canada’s borders and launching this new air route, WestJet is strengthening the historic ties between Nova Scotia and Scotland, and supporting our economy and communities by connecting Canadians to the United Kingdom and the world.’

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: ‘WestJet’s new Halifax-Glasgow route is a major boost for Glasgow, providing the perfect opportunity to strengthen existing cultural and business links between both cities. Canada is Glasgow’s third-largest international market with 37,000 trips made each year by Canadian visitors who generate GBP12 million for the city’s economy. There will undoubtedly be strong demand for this service, which has huge potential to deliver significant inbound leisure tourism.’

Mike Cantlay, OBE, Chairman of VisitScotland, added: ‘Canada and Nova Scotia in particular represent an exciting diaspora stronghold and a fantastic opportunity for Scottish tourism. Some 4.7 million Canadians have Scottish ancestry, with 24 per cent wanting to visit Scotland in search of those roots. The new WestJet route from Halifax to Glasgow presents a great platform for the tourism industry in Scotland to tap into an ancestral market worth up to GBP450 million over the next five years.’

Tourists and travellers flying with WestJet to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, land at 8 a.m. local time, offering opportunities to connect via 30 airlines to more than 100 non-stop and connecting destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. The return flight departs Glasgow at 9.30 a.m. local time, to reach Toronto at 2.35 p.m.

Scotland’s principal long-haul airport and a charter hub, Glasgow offers tourists the convenience to explore the idyllic west coast islands and Scotland’s wealth of lochs, mountains and golf courses.

 

WestJet announces new service to Glasgow

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet Airlines has announced Glasgow, United Kingdom, as its newest European destination.

Beginning May 29, 2015 to October 23, 2015, the airline will operate daily non-stop flights from Halifax with direct (same-aircraft) service from Toronto, on one of the airline’s Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 series aircraft. Daily connections are also offered from Glasgow via Halifax or Toronto to Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and 16 other cities in WestJet’s Canadian network.

With the new service, WestJet expects to serve Nova Scotians visiting family and friends, and Canadian visitors looking for an exclusive Scottish experience, as well as British guests travelling to Canada.

Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience, said: This year’s launch of service to Dublin has proved popular with existing transatlantic flyers and with new guests alike, thanks to market growth driven by drastically reduced fares.’

‘Fares to Glasgow will be as much as fifty per cent off existing prices, so we’ll once again grow the market. Increased European operational and marketing experience is important as we count the months until four Boeing 767-300ERW aircraft join our fleet to further grow our network.’

Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, added: ‘Many Nova Scotians and Canadians trace their family roots back to Scotland and will be thrilled with increased ability to connect.

WestJet’s addition of this direct flight to Glasgow will not only strengthen economic ties with Europe, furthering opportunities for trade in concert with CETA, but will also strengthen significant ties to a country that has had a significant impact on Canada’s cultural, social, artistic, military and political fabric.’

‘We are delighted that WestJet will offer direct service to Glasgow,’ said Joyce Carter, President and CEO of the Halifax International Airport Authority. ‘This new route connects our region to a destination that has deep-rooted cultural significance for many of us, and takes full-advantage of pent-up demand for service to this market.’

WestJet will also resume its much popular service between St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Dublin, Ireland, on May 1, 2015, six weeks earlier than in 2014.

 

In-demand jobs for Brits looking to move overseas… with a few surprises

Brits looking to move overseas may benefit from the list of the most in-demand jobs in some of the most popular global destinations, which brings a few surprises along the way.

International relocation specialist Robinsons Relocation has released a list of the most ‘in-demand’ vocations for Brits wanting to start a new life overseas.

Based on data gathered from Robinsons’ 15,000 international relocations in the last year, the most popular emigration destinations include Australia, America, Canada, New Zealand and Spain. Robinsons has also mapped the most in-demand jobs, including some of the more unusual roles these destinations are looking out for.

While medics, engineers and professional services are in high demand across the board, some of the most unusual jobs in demand include bee keeping, wine making and cartography.

In Australia, the most in-demand sectors are currently medical (including doctors, sonographers, nurses, dentists) the professional services (accountants, lawyers), engineering & construction (architects, project managers, surveyors), as well as teaching, telecoms & IT, and skilled-trades. However, also in demand are roles such as cartographer, locksmith, shipwrights, lift mechanic, forester and stallion master. The average Australian wage currently is reportedly around AUD72,000 (£42,700), significantly above that at home.

Meanwhile, in America, the currently most sought after roles are for pharmacists, with software engineers, physical therapy and speech language pathology also in demand. And Canada is looking out for workers in the restaurant and food service industries, along with medical professionals and construction workers.

New Zealand is seeking agricultural roles, as well as construction, nursing, engineering and beef and chicken farmers. Among its perhaps more surprising roles required are bee-keeping, tree surgeons, and wine makers.

Spain, another popular destination for UK emigrants, is currently seeking professionals with engineering, customer service, IT, finance, online marketing, skilled trades, and language teaching experience.

Ian Brown, Head of International Moving at Robinsons Relocation, said: ‘Last year, more than 153,000 people emigrated from the UK, many of whom were pursuing careers overseas. Whatever you’re planning on doing for work, it’s worth checking out the latest Government guidelines for the most ‘in-demand’ skills and of course, going through the correct Visa procedures. And whether you’re a bee keeper, boat builder or bio engineer, Robinsons can help you move all your stuff and make the whole process simple for you.’

Air Canada’s suspends London Heathrow service for winter

Air Canada will suspend flights between Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and London’s Heathrow Airport for three-months this winter, according a report by the Edmonton Journal.

‘Despite ongoing promotional initiatives over the past six years, the Edmonton-London route has always been a challenge to be profitable during the winter months,’ said Air Canada spokesperson, Angela Mah.

‘As a result, Air Canada has taken a commercial decision to not operate the Edmonton-London flights between January 8 and March 28, 2014. The non-stop flights re-start March 29 with five weekly flights ramping up to daily on May 1 for the summer season,’ Ms. Mah said.

Heather Hamilton, director of communications and marketing for EIA, said: ‘We are disappointed. That flight is a popular route. We think it’s going to be missed.’

‘Air Canada is an important partner for us and we will continue to work with them,’ she added.

Travellers affected by the Air Canada suspension have the option of travelling with United Airlines non-stop from Edmonton to Newark, New Jersey, which provides Star Alliance connections to Europe, Hamilton said.

Air Canada launched three non-stop flights between Edmonton International Airport and London Heathrow in November 2006, following years of negotiations for year-round European scheduled service by the airport and the city. Daily flights began in April 2007.

Travel agents and frequent flyers are reportedly disappointed by the decision, but expressed hope that the airport will find other more favourable alternatives.

‘To get to Europe, there’s still lots of great options; but to London, it’s certainly going to add a leg and a couple of hours to that trip so it’s certainly unfortunate for frequent London travellers,’ said Stephen Petasky, a frequent flyer and president and managing partner of Luxus Group, a recreational and commercial real estate company with properties in Europe.

‘If we’re losing the Heathrow flight, ideally EIA will be able to pick up another flight to Europe in a more central hub that will allow for a better gateway to the rest of Europe. Maybe the loss of this will open up the door for another great opportunity for EIA that could be even better than Heathrow in regards to a hub to the rest of Western Europe,’ he added.