WestJet has announced a significant expansion to its route network in a vote of confidence to the Western part of Canada.
An increase in service to key markets is made possible thanks to the growing presence and reliability of the Boeing 737 MAX series.
New Routes Coming Soon
WestJet has announced plans to reconnect three major eastern Canadian cities to European markets during the 2024 summer season.
The carrier will reconnect Halifax to Dublin with a 4x weekly service on June 19, 2024. Departure from Halifax is scheduled to take place at 2230 and touchdown the following morning at 0755 in Dublin. The returning leg will depart Dublin at 0930 before returning to Halifax at 1132.
Halifax’s focus will continue with the airline announcing a new service to Edinburgh from June 20, 2024, with a thrice-weekly flight. WestJet notes that departure from Halifax is scheduled for 2240, arriving in Scotland the following day at 0804. The return flight will depart at 0930 before returning to Halifax at 1138.
The third connection will see Halifax towards London Gatwick with four weekly flights on April 28, 2024. WestJet will operate a redeye service at 2300 before arriving in London at 0904. The service will leave Gatwick at 1100 and touch down in Canada at 1346.
Additionally, there are service announcements from Toronto with daily flights to Dublin commencing on March 1, 2024. Further, Toronto Edinburgh also starts May 14, 2024, with a daily service.
Lastly, on May 1, 2024, the airline will commence a thrice-weekly service from St. John’s to London Gatwick as part of an extensive transatlantic schedule.
Comments From Executives
Today’s announcement underscores our commitment to affordably connecting Canadians from coast-to-coast to some of the world’s most popular destinations. As we continue to expand upon our growth story, we are not only providing increased accessibility to Canadians but fostering crucial connectivity between communities and driving economic growth through inbound leisure and business travel.John Weatherill, WestJet Group Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer.
A Commitment To Western Canada Too
From May 15, 2023, WestJet will be the only airline providing a service between Iceland and Calgary with a four times weekly flight.
The Calgary to Reykjavik (Keflavik) service will depart at 1955 and arrive the following morning at 0825 into Iceland. After just over one hour on the ground, the returning flight will leave at 0945 and arrive in Canada at 1043.
In consultation with local partners, we agreed to announce our intention to begin service to Keflavik in May; we will continue to closely monitor volcanic activity in the region and follow the recommendations of local authoritiesJohn Weatherill, WestJet Group Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer.
We at Keflavik Airport are thrilled to welcome our new partners at WestJet to Iceland. WestJet is showing great confidence in Iceland as a destination and we look forward to welcoming their passengers to our beautiful country. In addition, Icelandic travellers can fly to Calgary and enjoy all that the city and the province of Alberta has to offer. WestJet is an important and welcome addition to our Airport Community, a strong partner for years to come.Grétar Már Garðarsson, Director, Airline Relations & Route Development, Keflavik Airport
Calgary To Enjoy More Flights
WestJet has also further revealed that it’ll bolster services to five markets from Calgary as part of continued expansion efforts.
The company wants to provide Western Canadian communities more choice and flexibility when accessing key destinations.
Calgary to Tokyo from April 3, 2024, will become daily. This follows a previous frequency during the 2023 Summer of thrice weekly.
Additionally, from March 16, 2024, Calgary to Rome will increase from five weekly to six.
WestJet says Calgary to Barcelona on April 30, 2024, will also increase with one additional flight to four services per week.
Lastly, Edinburgh from Calgary on May 12, 2024, will be boosted from a previous thrice weekly service towards four flights per week.