WestJet introduces new Calgary service from Dublin

Dublin Airport has said that Canadian airline WestJet has introduced a new three-times weekly direct service to Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

The new Dublin-Calgary route will operate from Dublin three times per week on Sunday, Monday and Thursday. Flights will depart at 13.45 and arrive in Calgary at 15.05. The return flights will depart Calgary on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 20.45 and arrive in Dublin at 11.38 the following day. Operated using a Boeing Dreamliner aircraft, the new route is the only scheduled service between the two cities.

‘We have forged a strong bond and friendship with WestJet and we are delighted to welcome its new direct service between Calgary and Dublin Airport,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

‘Dublin Airport is now connected to six Canadian cities which means that this year is set to be our busiest year ever for travel between Dublin and Canada. I have no doubt this new service will be popular in both directions for business and leisure passengers. We wish WestJet every success with its new route and we will continue to work closely with them to promote the new service,’ he added.

WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer Arved von zur Muehlen said ‘With the launch of our third transatlantic Dreamliner flight, WestJet adds to our exceptional growth into and out of Calgary, where we remain the airline with the most destinations and departures. With more than 4.5 million Canadians claiming Irish heritage, we are pleased to be providing our guests with easy access to all the cultural, economic and social ties between Western Canada and Ireland.’

WestJet’s new Calgary service will also offer onward connections to 24 destinations including Vancouver and Las Vegas. Dublin was WestJet’s first ever transatlantic destination, as the airline launched its Dublin-St. John’s Newfoundland service in the summer of 2014. The airline switched its services between Dublin and St. John’s to a six times weekly service to Halifax in April this year, Dublin Airport said in a release.

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.

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.

 

British Airways Announces Code Share with Westjet of Canada

British Airways, the UK based airline, will be partnering with Canada-based low-cost carrier, Westjet.

The airline is currently offering code sharing on flights from Toronto, Calgary and Montreal, to Ottawa, Edmonton and Victoria. Passengers flying to Toronto, Calgary and Montreal airports in Canada will be flying with the airline from UK destinations, predominantly London Heathrow Airport. The customers of both airlines will be able to book fares on each other’s websites and receive frequent flyer miles on code-shared routes.

Lynne Embleton, the director of strategy and business units for British Airways, said, ‘Our partnership with WestJet is great news for our customers. It will enable easier travel from Canada’s gateway cities to destinations that have been more difficult to access from the UK.’

Bob Cummings, the executive vice-president, sales, marketing and guest experience, at WestJet, said, ‘We are very pleased to announce our code-share relationship with British Airways. With an extensive worldwide network, and a reputation for great customer service, British Airways is one of the world’s most iconic airlines. We look forward to welcoming British Airways’ code-share guests on board our WestJet flights. The launch of this new code-share represents another strategically significant milestone for WestJet.

We remain committed to bringing top-quality airlines on board as part of our airline partnership strategy. The success of this strategy has contributed to the strong results we’ve seen so far this year.’

British Airways is one of the founding members of the oneworld alliance of airlines. The airline and its affiliates offer a network of around 170 destinations in 80 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The airline has code sharing with oneworld member airlines, as well as with Aer Lingus, Flybe, Loganair and Meridiana.