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WestJet to launch flights to Scotland in Spring 2022

WestJet has announced that it will launch brand-new flights to Scotland from Toronto in Spring 2022. The airline is also resuming flights between Halifax and Glasgow in May 2022.

Nonstop to Scotland

WestJet is introducing two new flights to Scotland in Spring 2022.

Starting 20th May 2022, WestJet will operate 4-weekly flights between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Glasgow Airport. These flights will run with the following schedule:

  • Toronto-Glasgow
  • Departure time: 21:40
  • Arrival time: 09:10 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 6 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: WS48
  • Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Glasgow-Toronto
  • Departure time: 10:30
  • Arrival time: 12:35
  • Flight time: 7 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: WS49
  • Frequency: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

As of 2nd June 2022, WestJet will operate 3-weekly flights between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Edinburgh Airport. The schedule for this route is:

  • Toronto-Edinburgh
  • Departure time: 21:25
  • Arrival time: 09:05 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 6 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: WS16
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Edinburgh-Toronto
  • Departure time: 10:25
  • Arrival time: 12:42
  • Flight time: 7 hours and 17 minutes
  • Flight number: WS17
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet, said:

As we continue to rebuild our international network, we’re pleased to offer our guests new options to connect via our Toronto hub for business and leisure to these incredible cities. This spring, guests on both sides of the Atlantic will benefit from more choices and lower fares when travelling between Canada and Scotland.

He added:

We’re looking forward to welcoming Edinburgh to our international network and strengthening travel and tourism between our two countries. Whether travellers are looking to discover Edinburgh’s enchanting castles and cobbled streets or exploring the vibrance of Toronto and beyond, we’re committed to introducing new destinations and routes to our network.

Janik Reigate, Director, Strategic Customer Relationships, Greater Toronto Airports Authority, said:

We are excited to see our partners at WestJet bringing these new routes to Toronto Pearson. From curb to gate and back again, when you’re ready to travel, you can do so knowing that your health and safety is our top priority. You’ll notice our Healthy Airport commitment in action across all touchpoints of your airport journey, from parking, check-in and bag drop to shopping, dining and more.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said:

We know there is huge interest in North America and Canada in particular, so welcoming a fantastic airline like WestJet to Edinburgh Airport is hugely exciting and we are glad to welcome them to Scotland’s capital. People are beginning to plan those family reunions and longed for holidays so we hope new additions where possible will help to satisfy that demand, and the route will also present a great opportunity to strengthen business links. We look forward to welcoming WestJet to Edinburgh and showing off our fantastic capital city and everything else that Scotland has to offer.

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Denise Hill, Head of Engagement, Visit Scotland, said:

The announcement today that WestJet will launch Toronto services direct into both Glasgow and Edinburgh in spring 2022 is hugely welcome for the recovery of Scotland’s inbound tourism markets. With Canada now a green list destination, making it easier for Canadians to visit, this adds further grounds for optimism for the return of one of Scotland’s key international markets. VisitScotland has enjoyed a very positive partnership with WestJet in promoting their continuing Halifax to Glasgow service and we look forward to working closely with them to make these additional services a success also. With a strong latent demand for travel, these new air routes present an opportune moment for Scottish tourism businesses to re-engage with this important market.

WestJet will also resume 3-weekly flights (increasing to 4-weekly from 17th May 2022) between Halifax and Glasgow on 2nd May 2022. These flights will run with the following schedule:

  • Halifax-Glasgow
  • Departure time: 22:40
  • Arrival time: 08:08 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 28 minutes
  • Flight number: WS30
  • Frequency: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays (additional flights on Tuesdays from 17th May 2022)
  • Glasgow-Halifax
  • Departure time: 09:35
  • Arrival time: 11:42
  • Flight time: 6 hours and 07 minutes
  • Flight number: WS31
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays (additional flights on Wednesdays from 18th May 2022)

All of these flights will be operated by the airline’s Boeing B737MAX-8 aircraft featuring 12 Premium Cabin seats (Business Class) and 162 standard Economy Class seats.

Graeme Day, Minister of Transport, Scotland, said:

I welcome WestJet’s commitment to Scotland and the launch of their new services to Toronto from both Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports. It is encouraging to see airlines develop their connectivity with Scotland at this time. Canada is an important market for Scotland, and I am sure these routes will be welcomed by both business travellers and tourists in both our countries. I also welcome the use of WestJet’s latest generation aircraft that will help minimise carbon emissions. I wish WestJet and the airports every success with these routes.

Expansion mode ON

WestJet has been expanding aggressively in the past few days. Just a few days ago, WestJet announced flights to Seattle in the United States and the resumption of flights to California later this year. The airline has also launched flights to Amsterdam and resumed flights to Paris. WestJet will launch a dedicated cargo arm in 2022 and has restarted many routes across Canada too.

Recently, Virgin Atlantic also announced international flights from Scotland while Emirates has resumed flights to Glasgow.

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