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Thursday,  June 13, 2024 10:45 PM 

WestJet announces Calgary-Iceland flights, Europe reboot in Eastern Canada

  • Air
  •   11-15-2023  10:02 am
  •   Pax Global Media

WestJet announces Calgary-Iceland flights, Europe reboot in Eastern Canada
WestJet will launch flights to Iceland from Calgary starting in May 2024. (File photos/WestJet)
Pax Global Media

While the timing is a little off due to an impending volcanic eruption, WestJet has nonetheless officially announced new service to Iceland, a route that will connect Calgary with Reykjavik (Keflavik).

The connection to the Nordic island nation, which was first reported by PAX weeks ago after the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) approved a request from WestJet to operate flights to Iceland, is part of the airline’s expanded European summer 2024 network.

With four-times weekly service, beginning May 15, 2024, WestJet will be the only airline providing direct connectivity to Iceland from Calgary.

As WestJet continues to build in Western Canada, the airline is also enhancing its 787 Dreamliner hub, increasing frequencies for international routes and adding daily exclusive service to Japan.

READ MORE: CTA approves WestJet’s request to operate flights to Iceland

"Today's announcement underscores our commitment to affordably connecting Canadians from coast-to-coast to some of the world's most popular destinations," said John Weatherill, WestJet Group’s executive vice-president and chief commercial officer. "As we continue to expand upon our growth story, we are not only providing increased accessibility to Canadians but fostering crucial connectivity between communities and driving economic growth through inbound leisure and business travel."

Weatherill, in a statement Wednesday (Nov. 15), addressed the high threat of a volcanic eruption rattling Iceland this week. 

"In consultation with local partners, we agreed to announce our intention to begin service to Keflavik in May; we will continue to closely monitor volcanic activity in the region and follow the recommendations of local authorities," Weatherill said.

The schedule

WestJet's service to Reykjavik will be further enhanced by the airline's interline agreement with Icelandair, enabling guests to travel across Icelandair and WestJet's network via one boarding pass, with the convenience of a single check-in and baggage tagged and checked to their final destination.

Seasonal return of European service in Eastern Canada

Meanwhile, WestJet is also reconnecting three major eastern Canadian cities to European destinations this summer, with service from Toronto to Dublin and Edinburgh, Halifax to Dublin, Edinburgh, and London, and St. John's to London.

"Stimulating key leisure, business and cargo demand, WestJet's seasonal service to Europe this summer from Eastern Canada is reaffirmation of the airline's commitment to Eastern and Atlantic Canada's international air connectivity," the airline said in a statement. 

Route
Service start
date

Peak frequency
Departure time
(local)

Arrival time
(local)

Halifax –
Dublin

June 19
4x weekly
10:30 p.m.
7:55 a.m.
Dublin –
Halifax
June 20
4x weekly
9:30 a.m.
11:32 a.m.
Halifax –
Edinburgh*

June 20
3x weekly
10:40 p.m.
8:04 a.m.
Edinburgh –
Halifax*
June 21
3x weekly
9:30 a.m.
11:38 a.m.
Halifax –
London
(Gatwick)

April 28
4x weekly
11:00 p.m.
9:04 a.m.
London
(Gatwick) -
Halifax
April 29
4x weekly
11:00 a.m.
1:46 p.m.
Toronto -
Dublin

March 1
Daily
9:45 p.m.
9:39 a.m.
Dublin -
Toronto
March 2
Daily
11:00 a.m.
1:54 p.m.
Toronto –
Edinburgh

May 14
Daily
10:15 p.m.
10:05 a.m.
Edinburgh -
Toronto
May 15
Daily
11:25 a.m.
1:59 p.m.
St. John's –
London
(Gatwick)

May 1
3x weekly
12:15 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
London
(Gatwick) -
St. John's
May 1
3x weekly
11:00 a.m.
1:15 p.m.
*New route not previously operated


More choice in Western Canada

With increased frequency between Calgary and Tokyo and six transatlantic destinations, WestJet says it is providing Western Canadian communities with more choice and access to their favourite international destinations this summer. 

Following a successful introduction of non-stop service to Tokyo's Narita International Airport, the airline is responding to significant demand for the popular route and increasing service to daily this summer.

Route
Service start
date

Frequency summer
2024

Previous frequency
summer 2023

Calgary - Tokyo
April 3
Daily
3x weekly
Calgary - Rome
March 16
6x weekly
5x weekly
Calgary – Barcelona
April 30
4x weekly
3x weekly
Calgary - Edinburgh
May 12
4x weekly
3x weekly
Calgary - Paris
Year-round
Daily
No change
Calgary – London
(Heathrow)
Year-round
Daily
No change
Calgary - Dublin
April 29
5x weekly
No change

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