Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Halifax to Dublin service launched by WestJet

Another new service starts from the Canadian airline WestJet!

The rapidly expanding carrier began a new non-stop service between Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) and Dublin Airport (DUB) on Tuesday, April 30th.

"Today's flight between these important tourism and business markets reinforces our commitment to investing in Halifax as an Atlantic gateway to Europe," said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet's Chief Commercial Officer. "WestJet continues to support the efforts of the government of Nova Scotia to enhance trade, tourism and grow economies in the province and the UK. To our guests on both sides of the Atlantic, go raibh maith agat, thank you."

Photo WestJet

WestJet has served the city of Halifax since 2003 and has seen 160 per cent growth in flights to and from Halifax Stanfield. This summer the airline will operate non-stop service to 15 cities with an average of 28 departures per day from Halifax.

"Adding nonstop flights to key markets is a sign of confidence in our province and region," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "We're pleased to see WestJet's commitment to this new link, which helps support our Nova Scotia-Europe Engagement Strategy and efforts to grow our economy."

"We're so pleased WestJet continues to demonstrate confidence in our airport, our region and our future with the introduction of this new non-stop service to Dublin," said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. "We have grown into an Atlantic Canadian hub airport where travellers can conveniently connect to, from and through Europe and beyond. We thank WestJet for their continued investment and expansion of their service at Halifax Stanfield and to passengers who make these flights a success."

WestJet has operated to Dublin, Ireland since 2014 and on June 1 will bring one of its first three Dreamliner aircraft to the city with nonstop service from Calgary.

WestJet recently confirmed it will be sticking with the Boeing 737 Max despite the ongoing grounding of the model following two fatal crashes, one of which Boeing could have prevented according to recent news reports.  Ed Sims, WestJet's forceful CEO told the Calgary Herald last week,  “We have over 45 of these aircraft that we plan to operate over the next five to 10 years. We have no plans to change that,” regardless of the safety issues affecting the aircraft or the reports that at least 3 WestJet 737 Max trained pilots have expressed fears about flying them again. In a well-scripted line Sims told the paper,  “We firmly believe that when we come through this process of re-certifying the software on the flight management system on the flight deck, this will be the safest narrow-bodied aircraft in the skies.”

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