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New Route of the Day – Americas (20 June 2024): WestJet between Halifax and Edinburgh

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WestJet inaugurated seasonal operations between Halifax and Edinburgh on Thursday 20 June. The 4,300-kilometre service will be maintained 3-weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from Halifax, with the 174-seat 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The carrier faces no competition between the two cities. The route will be maintained until 13 October.

Flight WS46 departs Halifax at 22:35 local time, arriving in Edinburgh at 08:10 local time the following morning. The return service, operating as flight WS45, takes off from Scotland’s main airport on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 09:35 local time, touching back down in Canada at 11:41 local time.

What they said

Andrew Gibbons, VP of External Affairs at WestJet, said: “Further solidifying our position as Canada’s leading leisure airline, this flight is another milestone in our commitment to enhancing Atlantic Canada’s business and leisure ties through air connectivity. With today’s inaugural service, we are thrilled to further strengthen the connection between Halifax and Edinburgh as we continue to expand strategic air access across the region.”

Gordon Dewar, CEO of Edinburgh Airport, noted: “WestJet’s decision to make Edinburgh Airport its home in Scotland is incredibly exciting, especially as they grow their presence in Scotland’s capital, and we look forward to working with them to make this route a success.”

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WestJet now serves three routes from Edinburgh

This summer, WestJet is maintaining 14-weekly flights from Edinburgh Airport, with Halifax becoming its third route. It also operates daily flights to Toronto YYZ and 4-weekly to Calgary. In total, it offers just over 3,000 departing weekly seats.

Elsewhere in the United Kingdom, WestJet also serves London LHR and London LGW. It maintains a daily services from Heathrow to Calgary, as well as 4-weekly rotations from Gatwick to Halifax and 3-weekly to St. John’s.

Halifax with record Europe program

The capital and largest city in Nova Scotia, Halifax welcomed 3.6 passengers in 2023, down from 4.2 million during the pre-pandemic 2019. In 2024 it boasts its largest network of flights to Europe with 30-weekly services and 6,186 departing seats each week.

In addition to WestJet’s European operations, Halifax also sees Discover Airlines and Condor with five and four weekly services to Frankfurt respectively. Furthermore, Air Canada maintains a daily rotation to London LHR, while Icelandair inaugurated services from Reykjavik to the Canadian city on 31 May. Despite the record number of flights to Europe, all of Halifax’s European operations are summer seasonal, with exception to Air Canada’s London service.

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