WestJet is taking the next step towards its goal of becoming a global network carrier, announcing its first flights to mainland Europe.
Daily direct flights will begin 31MAY from Halifax to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. As well, a new route between YHZ and London Gatwick takes flight 29APR. Both routes will be operated by WestJet’s new Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft.
The announcements came as WestJet unveiled its full summer schedule, which will see it operate an average of 765 daily flights to 92 destinations, including 43 in Canada, 22 in the U.S., 23 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and four in Europe.
Here are the schedule highlights:
The New Europe Flights
More Flights From YYZ
WestJet has enhanced its schedule and connectivity out of its Toronto hub to key business and tourism destinations in Canada, the U.S. Mexico and the Caribbean, adding 28 more weekly flights.
"WestJet is again providing additional service to benefit both the business traveller as well as the leisure guest," said Brian Znotins, VP, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. "This additional service means business travellers will be able to take advantage of increased frequencies and more convenient schedules, while vacationers will also have more flights to choose from for their getaways with friends and family this summer."
This summer, WestJet will operate an average of 128 daily flights from Toronto, reflecting a 25% growth in capacity from its YYZ hub since 2013.
Additional flights from Toronto to a number of sun destinations including Cancun, Montego Bay, Nassau, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Fort Myers.
Additional flights from Toronto to a number of Canadian destinations including Ottawa, Montreal, Saskatoon and Victoria.
An increase of nine new weekly flights between Toronto and Ottawa for a total of 13 times daily.
An increase of nine weekly flights between Toronto and Montreal for a total of 14 times daily.
More Flights From The West Too
This summer, WestJet will operate an average of 137 daily flights from YYC. In the past 10 years, WS has increased capacity out of YYC by 48% and accounts for 53% of the seat capacity out of the city.
The airline will operate an average of 62 daily flights from Edmonton International Airport. In the past 10 years, WestJet has increased capacity out of EIA by 52% and now accounts for 73% of that airport’s traffic.
WS will offer more than 80 daily departures from YVR this summer. It has added 60 more flights weekly to key business and leisure destinations in Canada and Mexico.
Western Canada summer schedule additions include:
Additional flights from Calgary to a number of trans-border and sun destinations including Nashville, Cancun, Dallas / Ft. Worth and Las Vegas.
Additional flights from Calgary to a number of domestic destinations including Nanaimo, Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Fort McMurray, Windsor, Grand Prairie, Montreal, Abbotsford, Penticton and Victoria.
Additional flights from Edmonton to a number of trans-border and domestic destinations including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Kelowna, Fort McMurray and Saskatoon.
An increase of 14 weekly flights between Edmonton and Calgary for a total of 12 times daily.
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