Published on February 3rd, 2023 | by Alan Dwyer0
WestJet Cancels Summer ‘23 Flights from Halifax
Canadian airline WestJet has announced that it will not be offering its transatlantic services from Halifax this summer. The airline has said that the decision to suspend some transatlantic services was brought about by a response to “capacity constraints impacting the aviation ecosystem”. Since 2014, WestJet has been operating Boeing 737 flights from Toronto via Halifax to Dublin from May through to September. The airline also operated to Paris, Glasgow, and London Gatwick from Halifax during the summer season. WestJet said in a statement that tickets for the 2023 season had not yet been put on sale, and they will continue to monitor the situation with regard to returning to these routes in 2024.
In a statement by the Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer of the WestJet group, John Weatherill said, “As we continue to responsibly balance our schedule alongside operational requirements, capacity constraints, and the deployment of our aircraft across Canada, we are making these difficult decisions now to enable us to re-position our investments to best serve the province for years to come. WestJet’s focus remains on positioning its network to meet the travel demands of Canadians while strengthening its footprint across Eastern Canada through sun and leisure travel …”
In a responding statement, Halifax airport welcomed the early notification of the decision but also confirmed that it wasn’t a surprise when the airport heard the news last week. WestJet has also operated their Boeing 787 Dreamliners on services from Calgary to Dublin and this route will be increased to five services per week for the 2023 season.