Virgin Atlantic is expanding its transatlantic reach from Gatwick via a new codeshare with Canadian carrier WestJet.
The deal opens up 32 destinations in Canada including the four gateway cities of Calgary, Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver.
WestJet flies year-round from Gatwick to Calgary and Toronto and runs services from Gatwick to Halifax and Vancouver in the summer.
Canadian domestic connections in the new partnership, available for travel from Thursday, include Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec.
The agreement will bolster Virgin Atlantic’s North American aspirations as it awaits regulatory approval to combine existing transatlantic joint ventures with US partner Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM.
Virgin Atlantic commercial executive vice president Juha Jarvinen said: “This new partnership will open up a plethora of Canadian destinations to our customers and offer more choice for those looking to fly directly to Canada.
“Customers will have the security and ease of booking through a codeshare and we are sure our customers will enjoy flying with WestJet.”
WestJet network planning and alliances vice president Brian Znotins added: “Canada is a desirable tourism destination with thriving business centres and vast scenic wilderness.
“We believe Virgin Atlantic codeshare, offering seamless connections, one itinerary, and WestJet’s caring onboard experience will inspire global travellers to choose Canada.”
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