After launching its first transatlantic route to Dublin earlier this year, WestJet has announced a second European destination.
Daily non-stop flights to Glasgow, United Kingdom from Halifax are set to begin May 29, 2015, with direct (same-aircraft) service from Toronto, operated on one of the airline's Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 series aircraft.
The service will run to Oct. 23, 2015. Daily connections are available between Glasgow via Halifax or Toronto to Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and 16 other cities in WestJet's Canadian network.
According to Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice-president, sales, marketing & guest experience, fares to Glasgow "will be as much as fifty per cent off existing prices, so we'll once again grow the market."
"Increased European operational and marketing experience is important as we count the months until four Boeing 767-300ERW aircraft join our fleet to further grow our network," Cummings said in an official media release announcing the news.
The Scotland-bound flight, WS 30, was numbered in honour of St. Andrew's Day, which falls on Nov. 30. WestJet's second transatlantic route is a five-hour 15-minute journey - only a bit longer than flying Halifax to Calgary.
"We are delighted that WestJet will offer direct service to Glasgow," says Joyce Carter, President and CEO of the Halifax International Airport Authority. "This new route connects our region to a destination that has deep-rooted cultural significance for many of us, and takes full-advantage of pent-up demand for service to this market."
WestJet will also resume its highly successful service between St. John's, Newfoundland, and Dublin, Ireland, on May 1, 2015, six weeks earlier than in 2014.
See westjet.com/glasgow for full details.