WestJet will add a seasonal flight between Halifax and Manchester UK. Launching on 5th June 2020, the non-stop flights will be operated by the Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
Manchester will become the third destination the airline serves after London Gatwick and Glasgow.
Fellow Canadian airline Air Canada were forced to suspend their Halifax – London Heathrow service in 2018 due to the 737MAX issues. WestJet do operate between Halifax to both London Gatwick and Glasgow however.
In all, WestJet serve 5 destinations in Canada from the UK currently. Although most are on a seasonal basis. The only year round services that WetJet offer between Canada and the UK are both Calgary and Toronto to London Gatwick.
Founded in 1996, the airline was initially a low cost carrier. However, since then, WestJet has grown to become Canada’s second largest airline behind Air Canada. Since the mid-2010’s, WestJet has transitioned to a full service carrier. To the point where it has now launched a low cost subsidiary, Swoop.
Operating an all Boeing fleet, WestJet has 124 aircraft in service, with a further 50 on order. However, 13 737MAX aircraft are currently grounded. The first new aircraft to be operated by WestJet was a Boeing 737-700 back in 2001. Over the following years, the airline has added the larger -800 variant to its fleet. It is also one of the few remaining airlines to operate the smallest variant of the 737 fleet, the -600.
In 2015, the airline introduced its first widebody aircraft to the fleet. With introducing four former Qantas 767‘s to the fleet, the airline was able to serve Europe for the first time.
By 2019, the airline had introduced the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its fleet. The new aircraft fetured a full business class cabin set out in a 1-2-1 layout. This was a further departure from its low cost carrier beginnings.
WestJet has also announced plans to open its own lounges in its three main hubs of Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.