Westjet has announced plans for a new service between Calgary and London Heathrow.

Exact details of the route have yet to be confirmed – the carrier said that it would launch in early spring 2022, and would be operated by its B787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Westjet said that details including frequency, timing and introductory pricing “will be available, and for sale, in the coming weeks”.

The route will represent the carrier’s first transatlantic flights to Heathrow, and will join the airline’s existing services from Calgary to London’s Gatwick airport.

Westjet will be competing with Air Canada between Calgary and Heathrow, with the flag carrier having resumed service on the route in September.

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John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO said that Westjet was “a fantastic airline with a strong history of providing top-notch service and excellent value for money, making it a great fit for Heathrow”, while John Weatherill, Westjet’s chief commercial officer, commented:

“As the airline with the most flights from Alberta, this is an important recovery milestone as we forge new connections between Canada and one of the world’s most sought after global hubs.

“We continue to strengthen our network, offering more options for business and leisure travellers and these investments will expedite our industry’s recovery while ensuring Western Canada builds back from the pandemic more connected than ever before.”

“We are committed to the expansion of our global hub in Calgary and supporting the recovery of many sectors who rely on travel and tourism.

“As the airline with the most non-stop European destinations from YYC, we are looking forward to guests benefitting from more options and increased connectivity for travel between Canada and the UK.”

Last month Westjet announced plans for a new seasonal service between Toronto and Dublin starting in summer 2022.

Westjet to launch Toronto-Dublin route