Primera Air announces new route to Toronto from London Stansted, Birmingham

Danish airline Primera Air has announced plans to launch a new transatlantic route from its new bases at London Stansted Airport and Birmingham with direct flights to Toronto, starting next summer, reports said online.

Starting June 2018, the Danish airline will offer three flights a week all year round from Stansted to Toronto, Canada’s top destination. Primera Air has also announced a direct flight to Toronto from its new base in Birmingham. The new Birmingham-Toronto route will also be served three times per week on a year-round basis and will commence in May 2018.

The Toronto service is in addition to Primera Air’s recently announced daily services to New York’s Newark Airport, which will begin in April 2018, and the four departures a week to Boston Logan Airport from May next year.

Andri M. Ingolfsson, Primera Air president and chairman, said: ‘Yet again, we are very proud to announce our new direct routes from our European bases to Canada.

‘With our brand new Airbus321NEO aircraft, we are opening routes previously traditionally served only by wide-body aircraft. With unmatched efficiency of these new-generation aircraft, we will be able to offer unprecedented prices to our passengers from the UK to USA and Canada. At the same time, we are very proud to be offering a low-fare/high quality product and service concept, that will be perfect both for leisure and business travellers.’

Ken O’ Toole, London Stansted’s chief executive, said: ‘The announcement of Primera Air’s new service to Toronto is yet another fantastic addition to Stansted’s rapidly growing route network and comes hot on the heels of the airline’s exciting news it will launch direct flights to both New York and Boston next year.’

William Pearson, aviation director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘It is welcome news that Primera Air is expanding its choice of popular Transatlantic destinations from Birmingham by adding a new route to Toronto.

‘Demand for travel to US and Canadian destinations from the West Midlands is high and Primera Air is offering fantastic seat prices meaning it is likely Toronto will be very popular.’

The new Toronto flights will be operated using Primera Air’s new Airbus A321NEO aircraft that offers a choice of two cabins – full-service premium and low-fare economy – along with free Wi-Fi and onboard charging points.

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.

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.

 

Jet2 to commence new transatlantic services from northern UK

Low cost airline Jet2.com is set to launch new transatlantic flights to New York and Boston, offering its services to holidaymakers in the north of England and Scotland.

The airline is set to run a series of direct flights and package holidays to the US in spring next year, flying from the Leeds Bradford and Newcastle airports to New York, and from Leeds Bradford and Glasgow to Boston. It will also provide a service from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle to Toronto, Canada.

While only six flights are scheduled presently, the airline said it would consider introducing the services on a permanent basis if the demand was high. The airline briefly ran a service to New York last November, but Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com, said that the latest move was a ‘milestone’.

The new flight schedule announced includes:

New York – three-night Easter breaks departing from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle airport on April 17.

Boston – four-night break from Glasgow for St Patrick’s Weekend, departing on March 14, and a three-night break from Leeds Bradford departing on April 3.

Toronto – three-night break departing on April 10 from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle.

No airlines currently fly direct from Glasgow, Leeds Bradford or Newcastle to North America. Presently travellers in Scotland and the north of England fly via London, paying Air Passenger Duty twice, or rely on limited services from Manchester.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of the airline, said: ‘We are thrilled to be the very first holiday company to give people direct access to these exciting transatlantic destinations from Leeds, Glasgow and Newcastle.’

‘The addition of these three routes reinforces our commitment to our regional customers,’ he added.

 

Aer Lingus to launch services to San Francisco, Toronto

Irish carrier, Aer Lingus, is planning to launch services to San Francisco and Toronto from April 2014.

The airlines will deploy an Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft on its Dublin to San Francisco route, which will operate five times per week. The Dublin to Toronto route, which will be serviced by a Boeing B757, will fly daily during the summer season and four times weekly during the winter.

Aer Lingus is also planning to increase the frequency of its services from Shannon to New York and Boston, bringing the airline’s long-haul schedule to ten daily transatlantic services.

‘Our transatlantic capacity will increase by 24 percent in 2014, following on from the 13 percent additional capacity in our 2013 transatlantic schedule,’ said CEO, Christoph Mueller, adding, ‘Our operation of the San Francisco route will strengthen Ireland’s ties with Silicon Valley and encourage Ireland’s development as a technology hub for Europe. Toronto is home to a large Irish community and we look forward to welcoming them on board. We are confident that the increased number of flights from Shannon to New York and Boston will bring additional tourists to the Western region. The increased frequency opens up additional connectivity to almost 40 cities in North America with our airline partners.’

To serve the new routes, Aer Lingus will wet lease three B757 aircraft from ASL Aviation Group. The aircraft will be configured with an economy and business class cabin. Business travellers will ‘continue to enjoy the same great level of service – with gourmet meals, sleeper seats and an extensive in-flight entertainment selection,’ Aer Lingus said.

 

British Airways Extends Services to Toronto

British Airways, the UK based airline, will be increasing its flights to Toronto, Canada, from London Heathrow airport in the UK.

The airline will be offering its extended schedule of services from March 31, 2013, with additional flights on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, taking the total weekly flights on the route to 17. The new service will be operated with a B767-300 aircraft, with fares including Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy), and World Traveller (economy class).

The flights will be departing from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The extended service is also intended to assist customers flying to other European destinations of Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Istanbul.

Previously, British Airways announced new flights to Chengdu, in China, also from London Heathrow airport.

The new three times weekly service commences from September 22, 2013, and the airline will be the first carrier to offer a service between London and Chengdu. Currently the airline services to china include flights to Beijing and Shanghai, on the Chinese mainland, and to the island of Hong Kong.

To celebrate the new service, the airline is offering airfares to Chengdu for £508 on all bookings made by January 6, 2013. The service utilises a four-cabin Boeing 777 aircraft with First, Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy) seating.

Willie Walsh, the chief executive officer of IAG, the airline’s parent company, said, ‘I have visited China on many occasions and last year went to Chengdu to see for myself the progress that has been made at the airport. It is truly impressive and shows vision and ambition.

I am delighted to announce this new route, which demonstrates the importance of mainland China to British Airways and our commitment to grow our presence here.’