The pipes are calling and WestJet has answered the call. Glasgow, United Kingdom, is our next great destination. The success of our Dublin service, launched this past June, has proven that people think it is a bonnie idea to hop across the pond with Canada’s preferred airline.
Daily non-stop flights from Halifax begin May 29, 2015, with direct (same-aircraft) service from Toronto, operated on one of our Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 series aircraft.
Highlights of the new service include:
• New daily non-stop seasonal flights between Halifax and Glasgow from May 29, 2015 to Oct. 23, 2015.
• New daily direct (same-aircraft) seasonal flights between Toronto and Glasgow.
• Daily connections between Glasgow via Halifax or Toronto to Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and 16 other cities in WestJet’s Canadian network.
• With fares as much as 50 per cent off existing prices, there are many reasons to do the Highland Fling.
Ready to get kilted-up in honour of WestJet’s second European destination? Here is a top-ten list to get you in the spirit.
1. The Scotland-bound flight, WS 30, was numbered in honour of St. Andrew’s Day, which falls on November 30. Our second transatlantic route is a five-hour 15-minute journey – only a wee bit longer than our popular flight from Halifax to Calgary.
2. Glasgow began as a small fishing village. In 1115, the settlement of Glasgow was given a bishop indicating it was a fairly important settlement at that time. Further signifying the importance of the settlement, the University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world.
3. Mythology anyone? The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. Perfect for an area rich in history and steeped in myths, legends and magic.
4. Pass the pudding. Glasgow is taking the modern food scene by storm, but some can’t pass up traditional dishes like haggis. The savoury pudding historically encased in the animal’s stomach is now prepared in a sausage casing for today’s modern version.
5. We love Mike Myers. The Canadian-born actor of Scottish decent heralded his heritage with his famous line from Saturday Night Live: If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap! True? You tell us.
6. The Scottish Register of Tartans was established by an act of the Scottish Parliament in 2008, to protect, promote and preserve tartan. Currently, there are more than 4,000 registered tartans.
7. Move over Heather and Callum. In 2013, the most popular first names for babies in Scotland were Sophie and Jack.
8. Let’s toast Robbie. Robert (Robbie) Burns is widely considered the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide on January 25. A round of Auld Lang Syne anyone?
9. Known as the home of golf, Scotland has many inventions and discoveries to take credit for including the grand piano, ATM pin numbers, criminal fingerprinting, the gin and tonic and Dolly, the world- famous first cloned animal.
10. The city of Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Renowned for its famous art collections, great shopping and nightlife, Glasgow is home to the Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Full details about the schedule and fares can be found on westjet.com/glasgow.
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