WestJet Says LGW Will Be Its 1st Trans-Atlantic Widebody Destination
WestJet is heading to London – England that is – with LGW
announced as the 1st transatlantic destination from Canada for its
wide-body Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
"This news marks the next phase in the international
portion of our strategic plan," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice
President, Commercial. "WestJet is at the right scale to make this step in
our evolution. Combined with our low-cost approach and renowned people-driven
service, we have the network, brand and infrastructure to successfully enter
and grow in the wide-body market. We look forward to announcing, later this
summer, our entire schedule and low-fare approach for the spring of 2016."
"Well-managed and efficient airports like Gatwick
are ideal for low-cost airlines like WestJet," said Chris Avery, WestJet
Vice President, Network Planning, Alliances & Corporate Development.
"We love Gatwick as a convenient airport with great connectivity to
central London and access to other low-cost airlines flying to points in Europe
and beyond. We look forward to welcoming travellers from Gatwick through our
network to destinations across Canada."
Cummings says wide-body capability now allows WS to serve
LGW from anywhere in Canada and brings into consideration more international
destinations in the future. “The Canadian cities we will fly from will be
determined over the course of this summer," Cummings said. "We will
meet with airports across the country to determine the most suitable ones we
believe will meet our needs and those of our guests."
WS says further announcements on schedules, pricing and
launch cities will be communicated later this summer with service commencing