WestJet is celebrating the launch of service to Edinburgh with the departure of WS16 from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) at 9:25 p.m. local time last night (June 2).
With the addition of the airline's latest connection to Europe, WestJet will now fly non-stop to five European destinations from Toronto this summer including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, London-Gatwick, and Barcelona, Spain.
"We are thrilled that Edinburgh is the final European connection to inaugurate from Toronto this summer, rounding out the restoration of our network and strengthening our offerings from Toronto. These cities are some of the world's most vibrant and iconic destinations and we are working diligently as demand for international travel continues to ramp up," said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer.
Weatherhill continued to share that seamless connectivity between Europe and Canada is critical to the recovery of Canada's travel and tourism industry and that WestJet looks forward to welcoming more Canadians and global guests on board this summer as it continues to restore its network to pre-pandemic levels.
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland congratulated WestJet on the launch of their new Edinburgh service which he said is very much welcomed by Scotland's tourism industry.
Before the pandemic, Canada was one of Scotland’s top international markets for visitors and growing. Roughhead says they have worked hard to keep Scotland top of mind in Canada, but the return of direct connectivity is vital and will help support the recovery of the country’s industry.
“VisitScotland enjoys a very positive partnership with WestJet and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them to promote this new service. We know there is strong pent-up demand from Canadians to travel to Scotland. With WestJet now serving our two biggest cities there has never been a better time to discover Scotland. Our message and that of the Scottish tourism industry is simple we are open and cannot wait to welcome back visitors."
Janik Reigate, Director of Strategic Customer Relationships at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority shared that the launch of this route is cause for celebration, not only because it connects valued passengers with the capital of Scotland, but also because it rounds out WestJet's European service for the summer at Toronto Pearson.
“As the public begins to think about where their summer adventures will take them, WestJet's suite of European destinations is the perfect choice for an unforgettable vacation,” said Reigate.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said welcoming a new airline partner to its airport is always an exciting day and they are delighted to see the WestJet tailfin in Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh.
“This new service will open up Canada and Scotland to travellers from both countries, whether that be seeing family and friends for the first time in a while, strengthening business connections with existing and new partners, or just experiencing the fantastic sights and culture that these two amazing cities have to offer. North America is one of our strongest markets and we hope that by making a success of this route it demonstrates the desire there is for greater direct connectivity and something we can work towards with our partners,” said Dewar.
WestJet's newest transatlantic flight will operate during peak season, three-times weekly.
WestJet currently offers service to two Scottish destinations with service from Toronto to Edinburgh and Glasgow and flights between Halifax and Glasgow.
|Toronto – Edinburgh
||June 2, 2022
|Edinburgh – Toronto
||June 3, 2022