Want to fly to Europe but don’t really like the idea of being crammed in with 200+ others on a huge plane? It turns out that a number of airlines are now making it easier for travelers to hop on a smaller flight across the Atlantic, often at lower costs, too. Earlier this week I wrote a story for Fodor’s about WOW Air’s plans to use A320 aircraft for seasonal service connecting Boston to Europe via their hub in Reykjavik. It turns out there will be more.
WestJet announced today that they are launching seasonal service from St. John’s to Dublin on 737-700s. The new flights will offer through-service from Toronto on the same aircraft and connections from several other cities in Canada. The flight is blocked at 4:15 eastbound – a miserably short redeye flight – and 5:05 westbound. Both are shorter than most transcon flights in North America. Fares are starting at $200 one-way from St. John’s and $300 from Toronto.
Air Canada also has seasonal service (and has for a few years) out of St. John’s, using an A319 to London. The trip is only slightly longer than WestJet’s Dublin service will be.
And then, of course, there is British Airways and their A318 service between London’s City Airport and JFK. The smallest of the planes actually flying the furthest. And with the fewest people on board.
Sun Country has flown to London in the past on their 737s as well but that service doesn’t seem to be on the schedule for 2014 yet. We’ll have to keep an eye out for that to show up again.
So, anyone else interested in a party flight for the inaugural YYT-DUB??
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