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WestJet to challenge Air Canada in the U.S.

aircanadaDec. 30, 2013, MONTREAL — Canada’s WestJet Airlines Ltd. is preparing to expand cross-border service to the U.S., the world’s busiest aviation market, as the discount carrier steps up its challenge to Air Canada.


December 30, 2013
By Frederic Tomesco Bloomberg News

Dec. 30, 2013, MONTREAL — Canada’s WestJet Airlines Ltd. is preparing to expand cross-border service to the U.S., the world’s busiest aviation market, as the discount carrier steps up its challenge to Air Canada.

The push includes offering year-round flights for some U.S. cities currently with summer-only operations and adding departures in others, said chief executive officer Gregg Saretsky, 54. Calgary-based WestJet will unveil some of those plans next month when it releases its 2014 schedule, he said.

“Do we think there’s opportunity for more in the U. S.? Absolutely,” Saretsky said in a Dec. 17 telephone interview. “Places like Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco, we only serve during the summer season, and there’s an opportunity to take those to year-round service. And as we continue to grow our airline partnerships, we can add service to their hubs — places like Atlanta, Minneapolis, Miami and Los Angeles.” | READ MORE