The departure of WS24 marks the start of daily, non-stop service between Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Gatwick until October 26.
"This service also demonstrates our commitment to support efforts on the part of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada to enhance trade and tourism, and grow the economies of both Canada and the UK," said Tim Croyle, interim executive vice-president, commercial, WestJet.
Significantly, this is the first time the airline has used its newest aircraft, the Boeing B737-8 MAX for transatlantic travel. Additionally, on May 31, WestJet has revealed that it will launch its inaugural flight between Halifax and Paris on its Boeing B737-8 MAX aircraft. The flight will mark the first time WestJet will land on the European mainland.
Overall, WestJet serves 18 cities from the Halifax International Airport, including 12 Canadian, two transborder, one international. This summer the airline is scheduled to serve Glasgow, London and Paris.