Air Canada to bring back year-round flights from St. John’s to London

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Air Canada announced today it’s bringing back year-round flights from St. John’s to London starting this fall.

St. John’s International Airport Authority CEO and president Keith Collin (left) was joined by Air Canada senior vice-president for regional markets Kevin Howlett and Innovation, Business and Rural Development Minister Susan Sullivan to announce that Air Canada will again offer year-round flights between St. John’s and London starting this fall. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram

The direct route will operate daily during the summer. For the remainder of the year, three flights per week will travel to-and-from Newfoundland on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Air Canada senior vice-president for regional markets Kevin Howlett said the move was made to accommodate the increased demand for business and leisure opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic.

The news of year-round flights from St. John’s to London was warmly received by those on hand, including Innovation, Business and Rural Development Minister Susan Sullivan, who made note of the economic opportunities this news creates.

Sharon Horan, chairwoman for the St. John’s Board of Trade, was also pleased to hear today’s news. Her organization has been advocating for years to get year-round flights to London. She said that service will make St. John’s more accessible to all of Europe and vice-versa.

St. John’s International Airport Authority president and CEO Keith Collins said the case has been made for the service’s viability, adding there is potential down the road to increase the number of weekly flights.

The new year-round service starts Oct. 26, leaving St. John’s at 12:40 a.m. and arriving at London Heathrow at 11:05 a.m. Return flights to St. John’s will depart from London at 11:05 a.m. and arrive back in Newfoundland at 1:05 p.m. local time.

For more on this story, read Tuesday’s edition of The Telegram or check back at www.thetelegram.com.

This story has been edited since it was initially published to clarify information on the frequency of flights.

Organizations: Air Canada, Board of Trade, International Airport Authority London Heathrow

Geographic location: London, Newfoundland, Europe

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  • Ken Collis
    June 02, 2014 - 16:07

    The service is for departure on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and starts Oct. 26th. Oct. 26th is on Sunday. What is the real start of service date?

  • JRM
    June 02, 2014 - 13:12

    Until, of course, Westjet decides to end the flight to Dublin. Then AC will drop this one as well.

    • Brad
      June 02, 2014 - 19:06

      London and Dublin are two different cities, in two different countries. AC isn't competing with WJ, otherwise the prices for LHR would be much lower than the $1100 you typically see.

  • Rick Collins
    June 02, 2014 - 12:16

    Why did the media (and our representatives) give this such fanfare? If it wasn't for the positive reaction to the WestJet direct flights to Ireland I don't think we would have seen this. Air Canada will also drop this once the competition is damaged if history is any indication.