It’s another attempt to connect Canadians to the world and vice versa, says a WestJet executive, as the Calgary-based airline announced Friday it’s flying direct to Ireland.
Airline officials said they’ve added Dublin to its flight roster, WestJet’s first transatlantic destination with seasonal daily service from June 15, 2014, to October 5, 2014.
There will be non-stop flights to Dublin from St. John’s, Newfoundland, direct (same-aircraft) flights from Toronto and connections from across WestJet’s network including Calgary.
WestJet’s solo foray into the European market is being hailed as another company milestone.
“It is an exciting time for WestJet as we bring our unique brand of low fares and award-winning guest experience to a whole new market,” said Chris Avery, vice-president, network planning, alliances and corporate development.
“WestJet’s innovative foray into the European market represents a willingness to do what it takes to connect Canadians to the world while bringing the world to Canada.”
Avery said the passengers they fly to Dublin can access low-cost flights to more than 100 cities in Europe.
WestJet currently has a series of partnerships with European airlines including Alitalia, British Airways, Finnair, KLM and Icelandair, which allows its passengers to transfer onto its partners’ planes across the Atlantic.
Adding Dublin to its lists of destinations — although on a seasonal basis — is the airline’s first solo venture into Europe.
All Dublin service will operate using WestJet’s Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 series aircraft.
The Calgary-based airline currently flies to destinations across North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
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