WestJet Launching LGW With Flights From 6 Canadian Cities

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The transatlantic battle will heat up next spring, with WS announcing new non-stop service to London Gatwick a total of 4 times daily from 6 Canadian cities: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and St. John’s.


The new routes represent WestJet's 1st non-stop service to London, and the only non-stop service from YWG to the U.K.


"Canadians have been paying far too much to fly to Europe for far too long and today, as we have throughout our history, we're going to fix that," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice President, Commercial. "We are offering non-stop flights at very low prices and we're proud to once again lower airfares and make travel more affordable."


As well as introductory fares as low as $199 one way, WS will also offer introductory connector fares of $20 one way to connect from select airports into the 6 cities serving LGW.


During peak periods from early May to early October, YVR service will operate 6 times weekly, YEG will operate twice weekly, YYC 5 times weekly and YWG once weekly. Daily flights will be offered from YYZ and YYT.


WS flights from Canada to London will all operate as overnighters, leaving late afternoon or evening.


"Non-stop service between Canadian cities and London is a natural next step in the evolution of WestJet and for our transatlantic service in particular," said Cummings.


With the exception of flights from YYT, which will operate on one of the airline's Boeing 737s, all LGW flights will be operated by 1 of WS’s 4 new 767-300ERW extended range aircraft.


Featuring a new teal and blue maple leaf-themed logo, which will eventually appear on all WestJet aircraft, each 767 seats 262 pax and has a range of approximately 11 hours.


The aircraft will feature a Plus cabin with 24 premium seats in 2 by 2 configuration. The main cabin has 238 seats, with 2 seats on either side of the aircraft and 3 in the middle. By next spring all 4 767s will be equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline's new inflight entertainment and wireless connectivity system.

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