WestJet is launching non-stop service from Halifax to Dublin. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

WestJet launches Halifax-Dublin flight

Halifax residents can now fly direct to Dublin in just over five hours.

WestJet launched its first nonstop flights from Halifax to the emerald island Tuesday.

The flight will operate six times a week in both directions until Oct. 25, 2019.

“Today’s flight between these important tourism and business markets reinforces our commitment to investing in Halifax as an Atlantic gateway to Europe,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet’s chief commercial officer.

“WestJet continues to support the efforts of the government of Nova Scotiato enhance trade, tourism and grow economies in the province and the UK. To our guests on both sides of the Atlantic, go raibh maith agat, thank you.”

The airline announced it would be launching the seasonal service last year.

WestJet also started its new direct route from Calgary to Portland, Oregon. It’s the first time the airline has flown to and from the American city.

That flight will operate daily.

“This nonstop flight between Calgary and Portland is the latest example of WestJet’s investment in our home in Calgary,” said von zur Muehlen.

“This new flight provides travellers in Western Canada and Northwestern U.S. more options to get to fantastic destinations for both business and leisure. We are thrilled to be part of strengthening these ties between two important locations.”