WestJet’s Inaugural London Flights Taking Off

WestJet’s Inaugural London Flights Taking Off

A pilot taxis a Westjet Boeing 737-700 plane to a gate after arriving at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Monday, February 3, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

London’s calling and Canadian jet-setters will soon be on the other side of the pond.

WestJet begins its new non-stop service between six Canadian cities and London, England today. Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto will all be serviced, with Winnipeg, Edmonton and St. John’s flights departing on Saturday.

The once weekly flight from Winnipeg to London (Gatwick) will run May 7 to October 1, 2016.

“The launch of wide-body transatlantic service this weekend ushers in a new era in the history of WestJet,” said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet president and CEO, in a statement.

The Calgary-based airline offered introductory pricing of $279 one way when it first made the route announcement last September.

Mayor Brian Bowman and other dignitaries will be on hand Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. to see travellers depart from Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport.