Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WestJet to start 767-300 service to London Gatwick in 2016

WestJet Boeing 737-7CT (33970/1556) C-GCWJ touches down on Rwy 25L at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS/KLAS) on December 15, 2011.
(Photo by Michael Carter)

WestJet plans to operate Boeing 767-300 flights from Canada to London Gatwick starting in the 2016 spring.

The Calgary-based low-cost carrier is taking delivery of its first widebody aircraft—four 767-300s—this year and will initially fly the aircraft between Canada and Hawaii. It announced Tuesday that Gatwick will be its first widebody transatlantic service; the carrier does operate 737-700 flights between St. John’s, Newfoundland and Dublin.

WestJet did not disclose which Canadian city or cities it will connect with Gatwick. “Further announcements on schedules, pricing and launch cities will be communicated later this summer,” the carrier said in a statement.

WestJet EVP Bob Cummings said, “WestJet is at the right scale to make this step in our evolution … Widebody capability now allows us to serve London Gatwick from anywhere in Canada and brings into consideration more international destinations in the future.”

VP-network planning Chris Avery said Gatwick is “a convenient airport with great connectivity to central London and access to other low-cost airlines flying to points in Europe and beyond.”

(Aaron Karp -ATWOnline News)

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