MIAMI — Calgary-based low-cost carrier Westjet has announced the expansion of two new year-round flights to London Gatwick from Calgary and Toronto, three times weekly and daily respectively. Service from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and St. John’s will operate seasonally as announced last September.

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A WestJet Boeing 767-300ER departing from Toronto Pearson International Airport. (Credits: Andrew Cline)

“Today’s announcement is another important step in the international expansion of WestJet,” said Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “Year-round service to and from Europe on board our fleet of Boeing 767-300s offers our business and leisure guests the opportunity to take advantage of our low fares, high value and remarkable guest experience on both sides of the Atlantic whenever it suits their schedule.”

Service dates for WestJet’s non-stop flights to London are:

  • Vancouver – seasonal May 6-October 21, 2016
  • Calgary – year-round from May 6, 2016
  • Edmonton – seasonal May 7-October 22, 2016
  • Winnipeg – seasonal May 7-October 1, 2016
  • Toronto – year-round from May 6, 2016
  • St. John’s – May 7-October 22, 2016

WestJet’s first transatlantic flights began in June 2014, with a Boeing 737 service between St. John’s and Dublin. That experience proved to be successful for WestJet, with optimal load factorsand the most importantit confirmed that the carrier has opportunities in Europe.

WestJet has taken over some of Air Canada’s market share, partly by keeping lower operational costs to offer a competitive fare – even prompting Air Canada to launch Rouge, its leisure-based subsidiary. In a sense, Westjet is striking back with a new wide-body long-haul services.