Seen cutting the ribbon at the inaugural flight ceremony of WestJet’s new service between Halifax and London Gatwick are: Michele Saran, CEO, Tourism Nova Scotia; Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax Airport; Andrew Gibbons, Director of Government Relations, WestJet; and Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business and Tourism Nova Scotia. WestJet will offer a daily 737 MAX 8-operated service on the 4,611-kilometre sector until 26 October.
- WestJet commenced its first-ever 737 MAX 8 transatlantic operations on 29 April, with the carrier using the aircraft on a new route between Halifax (YHZ) and London Gatwick (LGW). “WestJet continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovation using its fleet of fuel-efficient, guest-friendly Boeing MAX aircraft for transatlantic service,” said Tim Croyle, WestJet’s Interim EVP Commercial. “This service also demonstrates our commitment to support efforts on the part of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada to enhance trade and tourism, and grow the economies of both Canada and the UK.” The carrier will offer a daily service on the 4,611-kilometre sector, with no other airline presently operating between Halifax and Gatwick. However, Air Canada already links the Canadian city to London Heathrow, a route which recently transferred from 767-300 to 737 MAX 8 operations. WestJet will add a second transatlantic route from Halifax on 31 May, with it connecting that day to Paris CDG. That route will mean that the Canadian LCC becomes the first airline to offer 737 MAX 8 non-stop service between North America and mainland Europe. Along with these two transatlantic services, the Canadian LCC also links Halifax to Glasgow in Europe, a seasonal route which it operates using 737-700s. See how Halifax Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.