CALGARY — WestJet has announced new service between Toronto and Scotland with the addition of nonstop flights to Edinburgh and Glasgow starting in spring 2022.
Three times weekly flights between Edinburgh (EDI) and Toronto are set to launch on June 2, 2022, while four times weekly flights between Glasgow (GLA) and Toronto will begin on May 20, 2022.
WestJet has been offering Glasgow flights since 2015, while Edinburgh is a new destination for the airline. WestJet is also planning to resume its Halifax – Glasgow service.
“As we continue to rebuild our international network, we’re pleased to offer our guests new options to connect via our Toronto hub for business and leisure to these incredible cities,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer.
“This spring, guests on both sides of the Atlantic will benefit from more choices and lower fares when travelling between Canada and Scotland,” he added.
“The announcement today that WestJet will launch Toronto services direct into both Glasgow and Edinburgh in spring 2022 is hugely welcome for the recovery of Scotland’s inbound tourism markets. With Canada now a green list destination, making it easier for Canadians to visit, this adds further grounds for optimism for the return of one of Scotland’s key international markets,” said Denise Hill, Head of Engagement, Visit Scotland.
Added Hill: “VisitScotland has enjoyed a very positive partnership with WestJet in promoting their continuing Halifax to Glasgow service and we look forward to working closely with them to make these additional services a success also. With a strong latent demand for travel, these new air routes present an opportune moment for Scottish tourism businesses to re-engage with this important market.”
Effective Aug. 30 Scotland is now welcoming Canadian travellers, in the wake of Canada’s move to the UK’s ‘Green Light’ travel list.
Visit Scotland notes that visitors arriving from Canada must follow the latest Scottish Government guidance which now currently includes the need to complete a passenger locator form, take a COVID-19 test before travelling, and book and pay for a PCR test. The COVID-19 test should be taken in the three days before travelling, and when boarding the plane, visitors may need to provide proof of a negative result. The PCR test costs £68 and must be taken within two days of arriving in Scotland.
To organize the delivery of a PCR test to a visitors’ vacation accommodation, see: https://quarantinehotel.ctmportal.co.uk/Quarantine/Home.aspx?country=Scotland.
Visitors will no longer need to quarantine on arrival into the country unless the result of the COVID-19 test is positive or NHS Scotland Test and Protect inform them of close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, says Visit Scotland.