WestJet restarts transatlantic service from St John’s to London

A WestJet aircraft on climb after takeoff.
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WestJet today was joined by political leaders, business community members and key stakeholders to celebrate the announcement of the airline’s highly anticipated restart of transatlantic service between St. John’s and London.

St. John’s to London Gatwick

This week, WestJet revealed the eagerly awaited relaunch of its transatlantic service between St. John’s and London.

This development, celebrated by political leaders, the business community, and key stakeholders, is poised to inject vitality into the province’s economy, offering a direct link to London’s Gatwick Airport three times a week from May to October.

“In service of our valued Atlantic communities, partners, and guests, the WestJet Group is proud to close the critical gap in air accessibility for the province by providing non-stop connectivity to one of Europe’s most popular travel hubs,” expressed Andrew Gibbons, WestJet’s Vice-President External Affairs.

This commitment underscores the airline’s dedication to St. John’s and the surrounding region, fortifying leisure travel and enhancing two-way tourism options in Eastern Canada.

A WestJet Boeing 787 Dreamliner lines up on the runway.
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WestJet’s Summer Transatlantic Capacity

As the WestJet Group solidifies its status as Canada’s premier leisure airline, the resumption of services between St. John’s and Europe opens up new horizons for both business and tourism.

“London’s calling, and we’re on our way! We have worked hard to re-establish a direct connection to Europe, and Newfoundland and Labrador welcomes the wide-reaching benefits – from our highly lucrative tourism industry to our business and trade markets,” applauded The Honourable Dr. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Re-establishing non-stop transatlantic service from St. John’s has been a strategic priority for the St. John’s International Airport Authority, emphasized Dennis Hogan, CEO of the Airport Authority.

The St. John’s to London-Gatwick route signifies a significant air access milestone, showcasing the commitment to providing passengers with convenient access to key destinations.

The partnership with WestJet is acknowledged, highlighting the airline’s dedication to seizing opportunities within the market.

Seizing Economic Potential

The resumption of transatlantic flights is not merely a connectivity triumph; it’s a catalyst for economic growth.

With service operational for six months annually, this initiative unlocks diverse opportunities for St. John’s, spanning business, leisure, cargo, and tourism.

Andrew Gibbons, WestJet Vice-President External Affairs stands alongside key community stakeholders (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

The positive impact on local businesses and the broader economy is projected to be substantial, with the increased influx of visitors and heightened trade prospects.

Premier Furey’s appreciation for WestJet’s vision and commitment to Newfoundland and Labrador echoes the sentiments of many.

The recognition of the province’s potential by a leading airline is seen as a testament to the region’s attractiveness for both leisure and business endeavors. This newfound connection to London not only satisfies a demand for direct European access but also positions St. John’s as a key player in the global travel network.

Air Travel in Eastern Canada

As WestJet resumes its transatlantic operations, Eastern Canada anticipates a transformative shift in its air travel landscape.

The increased connectivity to London propels St. John’s into the international spotlight, offering travelers a gateway to Europe and presenting businesses with expanded trade opportunities.

This development aligns with WestJet’s broader mission to champion leisure travel across Canada, connecting communities and fostering economic prosperity.

While acknowledging the competitive landscape of the aviation industry, WestJet’s strategic move demonstrates a proactive approach to navigating challenges and embracing opportunities.

The collaboration between WestJet and the St. John’s International Airport Authority exemplifies a shared commitment to elevating the region’s profile and fostering sustainable growth.

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