WestJet’s transatlantic air connectivity returns this summer

WestJet Group CEO, Alexis von Hoensbroech, recently addressed key stakeholders and community members with an update on the airline’s growth strategy and vision for Atlantic Canada at a special event hosted by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

Commemorating his first visit to Nova Scotia, von Hoensbroech spoke about the WestJet Group’s commitment to growing its presence across the region through critical air connectivity.

With increased leisure opportunities, achieved through the resumption of transatlantic service and increased north to south air service providing access to popular sun destinations in the winter, along with enhanced east-to-west domestic air service better connecting Canadians from coast-to-coast, the WestJet Group’s strategy is coming to fruition across Atlantic Canada.

Von Hoensbroech highlighted the WestJet Group’s milestone achievements in Halifax and current and upcoming network investments serving to enhance the city’s air connectivity, while bolstering the region’s visitor economy.

Partner collaboration and strategic investments

Taking the airline’s growth strategy to new heights in 2024 and beyond, the WestJet Group has accelerated on the following cornerstone achievements:

  • On April 28, 2024, the WestJet Group celebrated the takeoff of its inaugural service between Halifax and London Gatwick, the first of three critical transatlantic routes that will return to Nova Scotia’s capital this summer, bridging essential connections to global hubs, tourism and business economies.
  • This summer, Halifax will see a 31 per cent increase in seat capacity provided by the WestJet Group, compared to 2023.
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport will have 90 weekly flights operated by the WestJet Group during peak summer this year; a 43 per cent increase in total weekly flights compared to 2023.

Connecting Halifax to the world and the world to Halifax

From enhanced domestic service, seamlessly connecting the region to Western Canada, to providing highly sought after leisure connections, WestJet continues to transform Halifax’s air connectivity through the following network enhancements:

  • Fulfilling longstanding requests to expand Halifax’s connectivity to popular leisure destinations, the WestJet Group has answered the call with non-stop service between Halifax and three transatlantic destinations including, Dublin, Edinburgh and London (Gatwick) this summer, as well as year-round connectivity to Orlando and seasonal service to Cancun. Additionally, as an integral part of the WestJet Group, Sunwing Airlines will provide direct access from Halifax to key leisure destinations, including Cayo Coco, Montego Bay, Santa Clara, Puerto Plata and Holguin, Punta Cana and Varadero.
  • WestJet will ensure Halifax remains connected to Western Canada, with year-round connectivity to the airline’s global hub in Calgary, where guests are one flight away from an expansive list of international destinations, including Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan.
  • This year, the WestJet Group will provide direct connectivity to 18 unique destinations out of Halifax, including six domestic, one transborder, three transatlantic and eight sun destinations.

“Halifax and Atlantic Canada are integral to the WestJet Group’s future, and we will remain relentless on delivering a tailored strategy for the region that enhance business and leisure ties, through strategic air connectivity,” concluded von Hoensbroech.