WestJet’s Halifax to Glasgow
Even the Loch Ness Monster made an appearance for the occasion, while arriving passengers were welcomed with a traditional highland dance. To celebrate the launch of flights to Scotland, WestJet created a special tartan themed livery for the 737-700 that will fly the route between Glasgow and Halifax daily during the summer season. Celebrating in Glasgow: Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay MSP; Gregg Saretsky, CEO of WestJet; Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport MD; Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia; Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council; and Gordon Campbell, Canadian High Commissioner to the UK.
Cutting the ribbon: Joyce Carter, CEO, Halifax Airport and Gregg Saretsky, CEO, WestJet. Passengers were piped on board the inaugural flight at Halifax, while the crew who flew the return service were welcomed with Nova Scotia festivities.
- WestJet began daily services between Halifax (YHZ) and Glasgow (GLA) on 29 May. The 4,218-kilometre sector will be flown using 136-seat 737-700s and faces no direct competition. Glasgow becomes WestJet’s second destination in Europe after Dublin, where services were launched on 15 June last year from Toronto Pearson via St. Johns. Commenting on the launch of services, Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport MD, said: “To be able to welcome an airline such as WestJet is fantastic news for the airport and our customers. We have always been proud of our long-haul connectivity and WestJet, which has an extensive route network throughout North America, will play an important role in strengthening the already close relationship between Scotland and Canada.” Flights run until 24 October.