Westjet to launch Canada services from Gatwick

Westjet to launch Canada services from Gatwick

Low-cost carrier Westjet is to serve multiple destinations in Canada with the launch of services from Gatwick next spring.

The carrier confirmed non-stop flights to six cities in Canada including the only direct connection between London and Winnipeg.

The airline will also serve Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and St John’s.

As many as four flights a day have been scheduled across the new transatlantic network as the Canadian leisure carrier makes its debut in Gatwick.

During peak periods from early May to early October, the Vancouver service will operate six times weekly, Edmonton twice-weekly, Calgary five times a week and Winnipeg once a week. Flights from Toronto and St. John's will operate on a daily basis.

The Gatwick flights will be operated by one of WestJet's four Boeing 767-300 extended range aircraft, with the exception of the St John’s service which will use a Boeing 737.

The 767s will carry 262 passengers including 24 premium seats. All four 767s will be equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline's new inflight entertainment and wireless connectivity system, by next spring.

Introductory fares from Canada lead in at C$249 one-way from Toronto to Gatwick with flights starting on May 6, 2016. Prices from St John’s start at C$199.

UK fare levels have yet to be unveiled. 

The airline’s executive vice president, commercial, Bob Cummings, said: "Canadians have been paying far too much to fly to Europe for far too long and today, as we have throughout our history, we're going to fix that.

"We are offering non-stop flights at very low prices and we're proud to once again lower airfares and make travel more affordable.

"Non-stop service between Canadian cities and London is a natural next step in the evolution of WestJet and for our transatlantic service in particular.

"With the addition of our 767 aircraft, we will now bring our low fares and fun, friendly, people-driven service to England where we know many Canadians have relatives. This new service will also help connect family and friends on both sides of the Atlantic."

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