WestJet is continuing their expansion, this time offering a new route between Halifax, Nova Scotia in Eastern Canada (Not to be confused with Halifax in West Yorkshire) to Manchester UK
The Canadian carrier will operate four flights a week in the summer months.
Planned operation is as follows:
DEPART YHZ 22:45 ARRIVE MAN 08:10+1 DEPART MAN 09:45 ARRIVE YHZ 11:52 Operates from 5th June to 24th October 2020 from Halifax Operates from 6th June to 24th October from Manchester Booked Equipment: Boeing 737-700 Operates Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The airline will operate a two-class service using a Boeing 737-700 on the route, offering Economy and Premium Class. Premium is offered in a 2-2 formation in a recliner seat, whilst economy class is a 3-3 formation (as per a domestic Boeing 737).
The timings should connect with WestJet flights at Halifax as needed for further connections to Canada and North America. In terms of onward connections from Manchester, WestJet is offering connections via Virgin Connect/FlyBe (that is if it survives its current crisis).
For those who want to are using Halifax as a stop-over, WestJet has partnered with Discover Halifax and Halifax International Airport Authority on its Stopover Halifax programme. The programme opens the door for arriving and connecting passengers at Halifax Stanfield to experience more of the city by booking it as a stopover from seven hours to seven days at no additional airfare.
Charles Duncan, WestJet Chief Strategy Officer says
“WestJet is continuing to invest in our Atlantic gateway, connecting Nova Scotia to the world and the world to Nova Scotia in new ways. The U.K. is Nova Scotia’s largest in-bound tourism market and our newest investment connects the province to new sources of tourists.”
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil states
“WestJet’s addition of another European connection strengthens the Atlantic Gateway and will help grow our economy. It will lead to more trade and investment opportunities, as well as help attract more students, immigrants, and visitors to Nova Scotia and the entire Atlantic region,”
Manchester has grown out its connections to Canada, with connections to Toronto (Air Canada Rouge and Air Transat) and Vancouver (Air Transat). Halifax should provide a very different option, opening connectivity to the East Coast of Canada.
And connections like this are important as the North-West’s aviation hub continues to grow.
Of course, the aim would be initially to attract the airline back for 2021. And maybe in the longer term, attract more flights by WestJet to the airport.
Don’t take this to go between Halifax in Yorkshire to Manchester over the Pennines. It’s more than a little out of the way…
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