WestJet Boosts Atlantic Gateway With Halifax-Manchester Service
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
WestJet has announced new non-stop seasonal service between Halifax, N.S., and Manchester U.K. beginning 5JUN and running through 24OCT.
Seasonal service between Halifax Stanfield (YHZ) and Manchester Airport (MAN) will operate four-times weekly on the airline's Boeing 737-700. Flights are timed for convenient connectivity across WestJet's network into and out of Halifax.
"WestJet is continuing to invest in our Atlantic gateway, connecting Nova Scotia to the world and the world to Nova Scotia in new ways," said Charles Duncan, WestJet Chief Strategy Officer. "The U.K. is Nova Scotia's largest inbound tourism market and our newest investment connects the province to new sources of tourists."
As well, WestJet will operate more than 300 seasonal departures this summer from Halifax to London (Gatwick) and Glasgow, Scotland.
Manchester Airport is considered the global gateway to northern England and offers easy access to and from its historic city centre. In addition, WestJet guests will have 16 more destinations to choose from out of Manchester on Virgin Connect, one of the largest regional carriers in Europe.
WestJet has served Halifax since 2003 and has seen 300% growth in flights to and from Halifax Stanfield. It now serves 16 cities with an average of 60 daily inbound and outbound flights per day from Halifax.
Details of WestJet's service between Halifax and Manchester, U.K.:
WestJet is also a partner with Discover Halifax and Halifax International Airport Authority on its Stopover Halifax program. The program opens the door for arriving and connecting passengers at Halifax Stanfield to experience more of the city by booking it as a stopover from seven hours to seven days at no additional airfare.
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