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Monday,  May 27, 2024 12:26 AM 

WestJet invests in St. John's, N.L. with London (Gatwick) flights, enhanced leisure

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  •   05-03-2024  8:45 am
  •   Pax Global Media

WestJet invests in St. John's, N.L. with London (Gatwick) flights, enhanced leisure
Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet Group CEO meets with stakeholders & community members in Newfoundland and Labrador. (WestJet)
Pax Global Media

The WestJet Group on Wednesday (May 1) restarted service between St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and London (Gatwick), filling the largest air access gap for the province.

This summer, St. John's will gain a 35 per cent increase in seat capacity compared to 2023, the airline pointed out in a press release on Thursday (May 2).

The WestJet Group will operate 36 weekly flights out of St. John's International Airport, during peak summer this year, a 20 per cent increase in total weekly flights, compared to 2023.

Service will return to Deer Lake this spring, with new non-stop seasonal service to Calgary on May 18, 2024 and the restart of service to Toronto on May 16, 2024.

The Group says it will also continue to elevate the province's air connectivity by providing St. John's with convenient access to popular leisure destinations, including year-round connectivity to Orlando, Florida and extended seasonal service to Tampa, Florida.

WestJet will also provide St. John's with year-round connectivity to its global hub in Calgary, where guests can access an expansive list of international destinations, including Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan.

WestJet will also provide direct connectivity to twelve destinations out of St. John's, including four domestic destinations, two transborder destinations, five sun destinations, along with a transatlantic connection to London.

Sunwing, which is now part of the WestJet Group, will provide non-stop access to five key sun destinations, including Montego Bay, Cancun, Cayo Coco, Matanzas and Punta Cana from three critical communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, including, St. John's, Deer Lake and Gander in 2024.

The updates were shared by WestJet Group CEO, Alexis von Hoensbroech, who concluded his inaugural visit to Atlantic Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland yesterday. 

"We have heard loud and clear from both the city and the province on the importance of the WestJet Group's presence in the region. We are committed to leveraging our aircraft to further enhance Atlantic Canada's accessibility through thoughtful and targeted air connections, facilitating critical domestic, leisure and global air links to St. John's and the broader province," said von Hoensbroech in a statement.

A similar update was shared in Halifax earlier in the week. Click here to read more.

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