WestJet to launch Halifax to Manchester service

Canadian carrier WestJet (WS/WJA) is to launch a direct service between Halifax (YHZ/CYHZ) and Manchester (MAN/EGCC) this summer.

The flight to Halifax will see passengers able to connect onward across Westjet’s network as well as visiting Nova Scotia itself.

The route will be operated by a Boeing 737-700 and will operate from 5th June on a four times per week basis.

Manchester joins Gatwick and Glasgow as the airlines 3rd UK destination.

Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “This will be the fifth long haul route to launch at Manchester Airport in 2020, underlining the role we play in giving people and businesses across the North direct access to key tourist destinations and economic hubs.

“North America is a hugely popular market for the 22m people living and working in our catchment area and I am sure this service to Halifax will be welcomed by leisure and business passengers alike.

“We look forward to welcoming WestJet to Manchester Airport and supporting their growth here in the years ahead. It is an exciting time to start flying from Manchester, with our £1bn investment underway and customers set to enjoy the benefits of our new state-of-the-art facilities later this year.”

Who are WestJet?

Founded in 1996, WestJet is Canada’s low-cost alternative to airlines such as Air Canada. It offers domestic routes as well as a growing transatlantic and North American network.

It operates an all-Boeing fleet ranging from the 737-600 through to the 787-9 Dreamliner.

WestJet is part of the Worldwide by Easyjet program as well as having codeshare agreements with two other Manchester Airport users, Virgin and Delta.