WestJet has announced plans to fly between Halifax and Edinburgh for the first time.

The carrier has previously operated flights from Halifax to Glasgow, but this is the first time it will offer a route between the eastern Canadian city and the Scottish capital.

The thrice weekly service will operate between 20 June and 3 September next year, with the following schedules:

  • Departs Halifax on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2240, arriving into Edinburgh at 0804 the following day
  • Departs Edinburgh on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 0930, arriving into Halifax at 1138

WestJet will also resume daily flights between Toronto and Edinburgh next summer – a route it previously served in 2022 – and will continue to fly between Calgary and the Scottish capital.

In other news the carrier will also launch flights between Calgary and Reykjavik in summer 2024, and will resume several other UK/Irish routes including Halifax-Dublin, Halifax-Gatwick, Toronto-Dublin and St John’s-Gatwick.

Several existing routes will also see an increase in frequency, including Calgary-Edinburgh which will move from three to four flights per week starting 12 May, 2024.

Commenting on the news Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh airport, said:

“WestJet’s decision to make Edinburgh Airport its home in Scotland is incredibly exciting, especially as they grow their presence in Scotland’s capital, and we look forward to working with them to make these routes a success.

“The three cities offer vastly different things and it’s that rich history, the mix of cultures and stunning scenery that makes Canada one of the most exciting destinations anywhere in the world.

“By offering three Canadian destinations from Edinburgh, we will now be able to offer passengers our biggest ever North American programme for summer 2024 and we are confident people will grasp that opportunity to experience Canada and the USA.

“The growth in transatlantic travel from Edinburgh shows the clear appetite there is for people from Scotland to travel there as well as that ongoing desire for people in North America to come to Scotland. We have a fantastic offering and should continue to do all we can to make it a success.”

westjet.com, edinburghairport.com