WestJet notified that Southwest Airlines terminates code-sharing agreement
April 19, 2010, Calgary - Southwest Airlines on Friday provided WestJet notice of termination of their code-sharing relationship effective 30 days from April 16, after both parties agreed to move forward independently.
"Together, we believe that ending the agreement is best for both companies at this point in time," commented Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet's Executive Vice-President, Planning and Strategy.
Carrying more connecting guests to and from U.S. and international destinations is a substantial growth area for WestJet; U.S. connections are the larger opportunity. WestJet plans to sign and implement partnerships with strategically aligned carriers from each of the major regions around the world. To date, WestJet has been approached about potential partnerships by over 70 airlines, including a number of large U.S. carriers.