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WestJet’s new service between Toronto and Edinburgh takes off

“We are delighted that Edinburgh is the last European link to be inaugurated from Toronto this summer, completing the restoration of our network and strengthening our offers of Toronto. These cities are among the fastest growing and most iconic destinations in the world and we are working diligently as demand for international travel continues to rise,” said Jean Weatherill, chief commercial officer of WestJet. “Seamless connectivity between Europe and Canada is essential for the recovery of from Canada the travel and tourism industry. We look forward to welcoming more Canadians and guests from around the world on board this summer as we continue to restore our network to pre-pandemic levels. »

“The launch of this route is cause for celebration, not only because it connects our valued passengers to the capital of Scotlandbut also because it complements WestJet’s European service for the summer to Toronto Pearson,” said Janik Reigate, director of strategic customer relations at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “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.”

WestJet’s newest transatlantic flight will operate during peak season, three times a week. WestJet currently offers service to two Scottish destinations with service from Toronto at Edinburgh and Glasgow and flights between Halifax and Glasgow.


Peak frequency

Start date


(local hour)


(local hour)


3x per week

June 2,

9:25 p.m.


Edinburgh –

3x per week

June 3,

10:25 a.m.

12:42 p.m.

Additional Quotes

“Welcoming a new airline partner to our airport is always an exciting day and we are delighted to see WestJet’s tail Scotland capital of Edinburgh. This new service will open Canada and Scotland travelers from both countries, whether seeing family and friends for the first time in a long time, strengthening business relationships with existing and new partners, or simply experiencing the sights and culture fantastic experiences that these two amazing cities have to offer. North America is one of our strongest markets and we hope that by succeeding on this route, it demonstrates the desire for greater direct connectivity and something we can work towards with our partners.”

Gordon DewarEdinburgh Airport General Manager

“Congratulations to WestJet on the launch of their new Edinburgh service which is very well received by Scotland tourism industry. Before the pandemic, Canada was one of our major and growing international visitor markets. We worked hard to keep Scotland a priority here, but the return of direct connectivity is vital and will help support the recovery of our 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 a strong pent-up demand from Canadians to travel to Scotland. Now that WestJet flies to our two largest cities, there’s never been a better time to discover Scotland. Our message and that of the Scottish tourism industry is simple, we are open and look forward to welcoming visitors back.”

malcolm rougheadManaging Director of VisitScotland

“I welcome the launch of WestJet’s new service between Edinburgh and Torontowhich is a real show of confidence in the Scottish aviation market, as well as another important step in resuming our international connectivity. Canada is a very important market for us in terms of tourism and business, and it is also great news for the passengers of Scotland who now have another option to connect directly to Toronto. The aviation industry has been severely impacted by COVID-19, so I am delighted to see these signs of connectivity recovering given the vital role the sector plays in our economy. I wish Edinburgh Airport and WestJet every success with this service. »

Jenny GilruthMinister of Transport, Scotland

About WestJet

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the number of travelers in Canada more than 50 percent. WestJet was launched in 1996 with three planes, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 planes, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, before the pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic, the WestJet group of companies has put in place a framework of multi-layered safety measures to ensure that Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the hygiene program Safety primarily from the airline. Meanwhile, WestJet maintained its status as one of the top 10 spot airlines in North America as named by Cirium.

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