WestJet Launches New Transatlantic Boeing 737-700 Flight

Canadian operator WestJet is planning a new transatlantic service. The Boeing 737 operated flight would be used to connect Canada’s Halifax to Manchester in the United Kingdom. The seasonal flight is set to operate over the 2020 summer period.

WestJet, Halifax, Manchester
WestJet is set to fly to Manchester this summer. Photo: Getty Images

WestJet is launching its third route from Halifax to the United Kingdom this summer. Accompanying its existing routes to London and Glasgow, the new connection will be operated by a Boeing 737 aircraft. Launching in June, the route will remain in operation until late October as things currently stand, operating four times per week. Let us take a look!

The schedule

WestJet’s new transatlantic service is due to launch on the fifth of June 2020. The route from Halifax Stanfield will operate four times per week in either direction. Its period of operation will come to an end in October with the last flight from Halifax operating on the 24th of October. Due to the way the flight is scheduled, the last return flight will depart from Manchester on October 25th.

WestJet, Halifax, Manchester
The 737 will touch down in Manchester the next morning. Photo: Pixabay

Let us take a look at what exactly the schedule will look like:

  • WS 57 will depart from Halifax (YHZ) four times per week at 22:45. The aircraft will then fly for five hours and 25-minutes across the Atlantic. Following the overnight flight, the Boeing 737 will land in Manchester (MAN) the next day at 08:10;
  • The aircraft will then remain on the ground for one hour and 35-minutes in Manchester;
  • WS58 will then depart from Manchester at 09:45. The flight is scheduled to take 6-hours and 7-minutes heading back across the pond. It should then touch back down in Halifax at 11:52. This means each rotation takes around 13 hours.

Why Manchester?

So why did WestJet pick Manchester? According to Premier Stephen McNeil, the route will help to grow the economy, while attracting Students and Immigrants. He commented,

“WestJet’s addition of another European connection strengthens the Atlantic Gateway and will help grow our economy. It will lead to more trade and investment opportunities, as well as help attract more students, immigrants, and visitors to Nova Scotia and the entire Atlantic region.”

WestJet, Halifax, Manchester
The route between Halifax and Manchester. Image: GCMap

WestJet goes to add that visitors to Manchester will be able to experience a range of things. These range from the city’s evolved industrial heritage, to football, restaurants and pubs. Who could resist flying 6 hours for a Wetherspoon breakfast? However, if Manchester isn’t your thing, passengers will be able to connect to a further 16 destinations on the carrier’s partner, Virgin Connect. That’s Flybe to you and me.

However, passengers heading in the other direction will be able to take part in the Halifax Stopover Program. This allows eligible travelers to explore the city of Halifax for anything from seven hours to seven days.

Would you be comfortable flying on a Boeing 737 across the Atlantic? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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I flew Icelandic transatlantic via Keflavik a few decades ago. I recall that it was single aisle. Not sure the difference between flying in a 737-700, a highly reliable aircraft, and any other twinjet. More routes, more options, the ability to fly in and out of smaller, more pleasant airports with less stress. I always liked flying WestJet too.


Gross no thank you.

Gerry S

I would be comfortable on any certified airplane doing cross-Atlantic as long as it is not in coach.


Nope. I won’t step foot in any aircraft having 737 in its name. Go ahead and flame me Boeing fans — my life, my choice. P.S. from 2002 to 2010 I flew extensively to international destinations, and was Super Elite (100, 000 miles+) with Aeroplan for 8 years running. I always felt safer in an Airbus. I have miles under my belt…


We should probably all get used to the idea.?
Since the A321LR came into service, airlines have been utilising it on more ‘niche’ routes.
Now the XLR is just about to enter service, it’s reasonably certain that still more comparatively long-distance routes (for narrow-body aircraft) are going to happen.?
Icelandair made a whole business out of narrow body, long-haul using Boeing 757’s.
Westjet think that they can make a profit on these Halifax, Nova Scotia to UK destinations, with a B737. Can you imagine how much more money could be made by using an A320/21 NEO aircraft, or possibly a MAX, taking advantage of the more efficient engines & aerodynnamics of a more modern aircraft.?


It’s a short-medium haul aircraft on a medium haul route. For me it’s about ergonomics, not aircraft type. The 700 is not the most efficient aircraft around but Westjet will make up for the fuel costs by charging for air and bathroom use. 😉


Should not be a problem, as small business jets also fly over the Atlantic, besides, these two destinations are less apart across the Atlantic ocean.

David condliffe

I flew Westjet halifax to Glasgow last year in May. Flight was great as was food and service. Not sure why anyone thinks there’s an issue with the 737. We flew premium but it’s a 3-3 configuration in economy and you can’t squeeze more seats in like many charter airlines have on the 767. It’s only like flying to the canaries plus 1 hour and that is a regular 737/A320 Route

Mrs jean hibbert

Direct flights to Halifax from Manchester will be wonderful for us living only 1 hrs drive from Manchester airport. It is such a pain having to drive down to Gatwick or going via Toronto. Hope it is successful.


I have flown both Halifax to London and Glasgow with Westjet, it is a decent service at a good price. Manchester is a great addition saves me hundreds in fuel accomidation, travelling to London or Glasgow to fly.

Jon Middelaer

For 4 + hours….no thank you! Airbus 320XLR would be the aircraft of choice. Why WestJet continues to use 737-700 series for TAF is beyond me.

Gerry S

Maybe it is because the B737-700 is in their fleet and can make the trip which makes them money. Why not use it? It is a working tool.

Malcolm Grant Fraser

As long as it was not a Max I would!


Why not? The 737-700 is a very good plane. If the range is adequate, why not? Wish WestJet every success with the new route.

John H

I don’t even like flying single isle aircraft FLL SFO

Ira McCown

As long as flight gets me there whether 737, 321, 757, whatever littie difference between jets since all around same speed jets with similar food and beverages.


i would love to fly thar route, i dont see the problem with doing it in a 737, i mean the seat are the same, if not bigger than a twin aisle jet… plus, less people on board and is a 5 hr flight not a big deal

F P Weeren

Is WestJet providing better seat pitch on its transatlantic 737 flights? If not, then I would rather swim.