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WestJet heads to London Gatwick and Paris from Halifax

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WestJet today announced that it is again connecting Atlantic Canada to the world by air with daily direct flights between Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) and Gatwick Airport (LGW) in London, U.K. and Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris. These flights are part of the WestJet 2018 summer schedule also released today.

All flights will be operated on the airline’s newest, most efficient and guest-friendly aircraft, the Boeing 737-8 MAX.

“As the carrier with the most transatlantic flights from Halifax, we are thrilled to announce our first foray onto the European mainland,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial.

“Venturing to London and now Paris is an indication of our ambitious growth plans as we move towards becoming a global network carrier. This is an investment that will help launch new flights in the future and further expand our presence in YHZ – a key driver in economic and employment growth.

“We look forward to working with WestJet to launch this exciting new long-haul route, which will further enhance Gatwick’s position as the world’s busiest departure airport for low-cost, long-haul services,” said Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport. “Halifax has lots to offer visitors from the U.K., with its rich maritime history, year-round festivals and buoyant nightlife making it a must-visit global city. With Halifax also being one of Canada’s main economic hubs, these new flights will provide an important link between the two countries’ business communities at a time when worldwide connections are vital for the U.K.”

Starting May 31, WestJet will begin service with daily flights between Halifax and Paris. On April 29, WestJet will begin daily service between Halifax and London (Gatwick). In addition, WestJet will add one flight to Halifax from Calgary for a total of 15 weekly flights.

WestJet currently serves 16 cities from the Halifax International Airport, up from six in 2013, including 10 Canadian, two transborder, one international and three European destinations; at peak summer schedule, the airline will operate more than 25 flights per week. Since 2012, the airline’s traffic from Halifax has grown by more than 160 per cent.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop service:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Halifax – Paris Daily 10:55 p.m. 10 a.m. +1 May 31, 2018
Paris – Halifax Daily 11:20 a.m. 1:35 p.m. June 1, 2018
Halifax – London (Gatwick) Daily 10:35 p.m. 8:21 a.m. +1 April 29, 2018
London (Gatwick) – Halifax Daily 9:50 a.m. 1 p.m. April 30, 2018

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A massive £30,000 raised by taxi company for local charity

Gatwick’s on-site taxi company raises £30,000 for local charity partner.

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London Gatwick’s on-site taxi company, Gatwick Airport Cars, has raised £30,000 for the airport’s local charity partner St Catherine’s Hospice.

Airport Cars has supported the charity over the past five years and the total amount has been raised through donation boxes in the company’s crew room.

St Catherine’s Hospice is based in Crawley, West Sussex, and provides end-of-life care and support to terminally ill people and their families across Crawley, Horsham, East Surrey and Mid Sussex.

Last month Gatwick announced a new two year partnership with St Catherine’s Hospice, having already helped raise more than £113,000 for the charity since the airport first partnered it two years ago.

Gatwick Airport Cars Director, James Kemp, said:

“Airport Cars is delighted to support St Catherine’s Hospice on an ongoing basis. Our drivers raise money every day for this wonderful cause meaning that we can send a generous amount every month.”

St Catherine’s Hospice Head of Fundraising, Lucy Bowden, said:

“Thank you so much to everyone at Gatwick Airport Cars for your amazing support of St Catherine’s Hospice. You’ve raised a fantastic amount of money and we hope you are very proud of your commitment to your local community. We really look forward to working with you for many more years.”

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