Posted on: 05 May 2016 by Mark Howells
WestJet is launching six new non-stop services to London Gatwick from Calgary, Edmonton, St. John's, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.
The Vancouver–London route will operate six times weekly between 6 May 2016 and 21 October, while the five times weekly Calgary–London service and daily Toronto–London flights will operate year-round.
From 7 May 2016, the Edmonton–London service will operate twice weekly until 22 October 2016, the St. John's–London route will operate daily until 21 October 2016 and Winnipeg–London flights will operate once weekly until 1 October 2016.
WestJet will fly a total of 56 weekly flights in both directions between Canada and London, including the only non-stop transatlantic service available from Winnipeg. With the exception of flights from St. John's, which will operate on one of the WestJet's Boeing 737NGs, all London flights will be operated by one of WestJet's four 767-300 extended-range aircraft.
“The launch of wide-body transatlantic service this weekend ushers in a new era in the history of WestJet,” announced Gregg Saretsky, WestJet’s president and CEO. “From humble beginnings as a regional airline serving five destinations in Western Canada, we have grown to become a truly international carrier in just two decades, now taking Canadians across the North Atlantic to visit family and friends in London and beyond. Our low-fare, high-care service, combined with our caring, people-driven approach, continues to win new guests in every new part of the world we serve.”
London Gatwick is WestJet's third transatlantic destination. In 2014, the carrier launched non-stop services from St. John's to Dublin, followed by a service between Halifax and Glasgow in 2015.