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WestJet Plans Big European Network Changes Next Summer

WestJet has ended multiple Europe routes, but London will rise to 2 daily.


WestJet has made many route changes to its European network next summer. They can be summarized as cutting long-haul from most non-Calgary airports, as it attempts to focus on where it is strongest – Calgary and Canada’s west generally – to stabilize and improve performance.


Changes: a summary

Toronto to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Dublin will no longer be served. They currently only appear in the highest fare categories – a precursor to ending – and Glasgow and Dublin are no longer bookable on Google Flights and more. And while Halifax to Dublin, Glasgow, London Gatwick, and Paris CDG, along with Toronto to Barcelona and London Gatwick ran in summer 2022, they won’t return next year.

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Conversely, it’ll grow Calgary to Dublin and Rome to 5 weekly, while Calgary to London Gatwick, London Heathrow, and Paris CDG increase to 1 daily. WestJet’s refocus on Calgary, its core hub, is clear.

It will probably announce Calgary-Edinburgh shortly, which is now listed in Edinburgh’s preliminary summer 2023 slot report. WestJet has gained permission to fly to Japan after enhancing its codeshare agreement with Japan Airlines; expect Calgary-Toronto soon. Air Canada operated Calgary-Tokyo from March 2010 to October 2019 and has been unserved ever since.

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WestJet will no longer operate between Toronto and Edinburgh (launched in June 2022; 3 weekly, 737 MAX 8), Glasgow (May 2022; 4 weekly, 737 MAX 8), and Dublin (May 2022; up to 1 daily 737 MAX 8). Whether this is because of underperformance or entirely from the carrier’s move away from non-Calgary long-haul flying is unknown.

Other carriers will serve all three airport pairs next summer. There’s Air Canada from Toronto to Edinburgh (up to 1 daily; 787-8) and Dublin (1 daily; 787-9); Air Transat from Toronto to Glasgow (up to 1 daily; A321LR/A330-200) and Dublin (up to 6 weekly; A321LR); and Aer Lingus from Dublin to Toronto (1 daily; A330-200). The Irish link will fall from four to ‘only’ three carriers.

The end of Toronto (and Halifax) to Glasgow means that WestJet will end service to Scotland’s biggest city. And while it hasn’t announced Calgary-Edinburgh when writing on the morning of December 5th, expect this to happen soon. Therefore, it will continue to serve the Scottish and Irish capitals.

WestJet added Calgary-London Heathrow on March 26th, with a 4 weekly 787-9 operation. It supplemented its long-standing service to London Gatwick, which started over six and a half years ago in May 2016, using 767-300ERs.

In the summer just gone, Gatwick ran up to 5 weekly, meaning WestJet had a maximum of 9 weekly Calgary-London flights. It will now be 2 daily (14 weekly).

Calgary to London is a large point-to-point market. In 2019, it had around 253,000 roundtrip P2P passengers, according to booking data. It was the third most popular Canada-UK city pair after Toronto-London and Vancouver-London. However, various operators ended Calgary-London, enabling the entry and growth of WestJet, helped by its onward connecting opportunities over the Alberta airport.

What do you make of it all? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks to Sean Moulton for the heads-up about the route cuts over the weekend.

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