Canadian airline WestJet is to increase the number of flights it operates between Glasgow Airport and Halifax, Nova Scotia next summer, offering an additional 3,800 seats.
Following the launch of the new, long haul daily direct service on 30th May 2015 – a landmark event which saw a host of dignitaries including the Premier of Nova Scotia, the Canadian High Commissioner to the UK and the Major of Halifax, visit Glasgow Airport for the inaugural flight – the airline has announced it will begin its 2016 flight schedule on 2nd May – 4 weeks earlier than this year.
Francois Bourienne, Commercial Director at Glasgow Airport said: “This new route has gone down incredibly well with our customers, which has been reflected in high ticket sales. It is fantastic that WestJet is demonstrating its confidence in the route by increasing its flight schedule for 2016, offering even more seats for our passengers.
“Canada is Glasgow’s third largest international market with 37,000 trips made each year by Canadian visitors who generate £12 million for the city’s economy. The new route is proving extremely popular with Scottish passengers too – many of whom have relatives living there.
“Glasgow Airport is incredibly proud of its long haul connectivity and WestJet, which has an extensive route network throughout North America, plays an important role in strengthening the already close relationship between Scotland and Canada. We look forward to working closely with the airline to continue the success of this exciting new route.”
The new service from Glasgow Airport to Halifax is WestJet’s UK debut and it is only its second transatlantic service following the launch in 2014 of direct flights to Dublin.
The Atlantic seaport of Halifax is the capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia which has strong historic and cultural links with Scotland. In recognition of the close ties, WestJet commissioned a WestJet tartan which adorns the tail of its Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 aircraft that operates on the route.
The 2016 schedule will begin on 2 May and will continue until the end of October. Passengers can access connections to Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and 16 other cities in WestJet’s Canadian network.