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$299 flights from Canada to London. Is it real or was it just a sales pitch?

In September 2015 Canadian low-cost airline WestJet have announced that they will start operating cheap direct flights from multiple Canadian cities to London Gatwick.

In the press conference WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky said: “Beginning May 6th of next year, WestJet will fly non-stop from Calgary International to London Gatwick 5 times per week” which was followed by a huge round of applause and cheers from the spectators and press representatives. “This announcement also comes with something that WestJet does every time it enters new markets – and that’s – bringing low fares” he added.

“We are proud to announce, from coast to coast, this new service to England. So hold on to your flat caps and fascinators, ladies and gentlemen, because we’re launching with a fare of $299, taxes in, everything inclusive, from Calgary to London. It’s on sale right now” Mr Saretsky continued.

Thankfully, it is not only people from Calgary that have been lucky enough to get this privilege. It has been confirmed that WestJet will also operate these cheap flights from other five Canadian airports: Vancouver, St. John’s, Edmonton, Toronto and Winnipeg.

Sounds too good to be true? Well, to be fair, the CEO of WestJet has also mentioned that these low fares are actually temporary and would be available for a short period time and unfortunately they will have to be increased “modestly” afterwards.

More than 5 months after the announcement, we have decided to look into this and see what is on offer today for the upcoming summer. Here’s what we found.

fares from toronto to london on westjet airlines

First really good deal that is still available (as of March 8th 2016) is from Toronto on the 6th of June - with one stop in St. John's it would cost you $266.66 CAD.

fares from winnipeg to london on westjet airlines

We have searched for flights throughout the summer from Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights in the price range that was announced anymore. The cheapest flight is from Winnipeg for $382.91 CAD on the 29th of June and it includes 2 stops in Toronto and St. John's.

fares from edmonton to london on westjet airlines

The cheapest flight on offer from Edmonton is also on the 29th of June and it would cost you $397.16 CAD with two stops as well.

fares from calgary to london on westjet airlines

Calgary - $397.43 CAD and Vancouver - $394.93 CAD both departing on the 1st of July with 2 stops.

fares from vancouver to london on westjet airlines

Calgary - $397.43 CAD and Vancouver - $394.93 CAD both departing on the 1st of July with 2 stops.


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