Canadian airline WestJet is planning extra European flights next summer with the introduction of two brand new seasonal routes as well as the return of five routes which didn’t operate this year.
A few years ago, WestJet consolidated its operations at Calgary Airport after trialling non-stop transatlantic flights from Toronto and other major airports in Eastern Canada. Next summer’s schedule suggests that WestJet hasn’t given up on the Eastern seaboard entirely.
New routes include:
- Edinburgh – Halifax (3 weekly, starting 21st June)
- Reykjavik – Calgary (4 weekly, starting 16th May)
Routes returning from previous years – but which didn’t run in 2023 – include:
- Dublin – Halifax (4 weekly, starting 20th June)
- Dublin – Toronto (daily, starting 2nd March)
- Edinburgh – Toronto (daily, starting 15th May)
- London Gatwick – Halifax (4 weekly, starting 29th April)
- London Gatwick – St Johns (3 weekly, starting 1st May)
Note that ALL these new routes are operated by Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft, which do NOT feature lie-flat business class seats. The aircraft also come with 12 Premium economy seats and 162 economy seats.
If you want to try WestJet’s lie-flat business class product, you’ll need to fly from Calgary. From Calgary, WestJet offers flights to:
- Edinburgh (4 weekly)
- Dublin (5 weekly)
- London Heathrow (daily)
…. all using three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Paris, Barcelona and Rome are also options.
WestJet is NOT in any airline alliance so there is no easy way of earning or spending miles in a major frequent flyer programme. (EDIT: I forgot that WestJet is a partner in the Air France / KLM Flying Blue scheme.)