WestJet is expanding its transatlantic seasonal schedule in summer 2015 by adding Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, as its second European destination.
Daily non-stop flights to Glasgow Airport from Halifax in Nova Scotia begin on May 29 and continue through October 23. WestJet will also offer direct, one-stop (same-aircraft) service from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Glasgow, via Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
WestJet will operate its daily Toronto-Halifax-Glasgow with Boeing 737-700 jets. Westbound, its flights from Glasgow will connect at Halifax or Toronto with WestJet flights to Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and 16 other cities in the carrier’s Canadian domestic network.
For its 2015 summer schedule, WestJet will also resume the seasonal service it began in mid-June 2014 between St. John’s in Newfoundland and Dublin, which represented its first transatlantic scheduled service. However, WestJet will resume its St. John’s-Dublin service on May 1, six weeks earlier in the season than in 2014.
“This year’s launch of service to Dublin has proved popular with existing transatlantic flyers and with new guests alike, thanks to market growth driven by drastically reduced fares,” says Bob Cummings, WestJet’s executive vice-president, sales, marketing and guest experience.
“Fares to Glasgow will be as much as 50 per cent off existing prices, so we’ll once again grow the market,” says Cummings. “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.”
WestJet expects its new flights to be popular with Nova Scotians visiting family and friends, Canadian visitors looking for a Scottish vacation and with British passengers traveling to Canada.
The airline has numbered the Scotland-bound flight, WS30, in honor of St. Andrew’s Day, which falls on November 30. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.
WestJet’s second transatlantic route requires a five-hour 15-minute eastbound flight ‒ only slightly longer than the airline’s flight from Halifax to Calgary. In the westbound direction, it appears the WestJet flight from Glasgow to Halifax is scheduled to take six hours 15 minutes.
The airline’s Halifax-Glasgow flight, WS30, will leave Halifax Stanfield International Airport (IATA code YHZ) at 10:45 p.m. daily from May 1 and will arrive at Glasgow Airport (GLA) at 8:00 a.m. the next morning, local time.
Before departing from Halifax, WS30 will have previously flown a domestic sector from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Halifax under the same flight number, departing YYZ at 6:10 p.m.
WestJet’s return flight from Glasgow, WS31, is timed to depart GLA at 9:30 a.m. daily from May 2 and reach YHZ at 11:45 a.m. local time. After a stop at Halifax, WS31 then will continue on to Toronto, landing at YYZ at 2:34 p.m. local time.
Introductory one-way fares are available, starting at C$259.00 for the eastbound Halifax-Glasgow flight and C$284.66. (The higher westbound fare is a result of the high Air Passenger Duty tax the United Kingdom government levies on all flights departing the UK.)
Visit www.westjet.com/glasgow for full details of introductory fares and fare restrictions.