The U.S. Department of Transportation has given its tentative approval to an alliance between Delta Air Lines and Canada’s WestJet, a merger that would give the two carriers a 27 percent share of transborder travel according to Reuters News Service.
The carriers said in a statement that the proposed alliance “would optimize aircraft utilization, enhance schedules, and lower costs.”
Canada is the second-largest U.S. market for international travel behind only Mexico, another transborder country to America. Flights to Toronto account for more than 50 percent of air traffic between the U.S. to Canada.
Reuters also noted a couple of provisions to the tentative agreement. For one, the low-budget affiliate of WestJet, a regional carrier named Swoop, would need to be removed and its 16 slots at New York’s LaGuardia Airport be divested for use by other airlines.
Also, the department wants WestJet to provide interline access to select other carriers flying to Canada, and to review the proposed alliance in five years. Interline agreements allow consumers to fly to destinations using both airlines.
The Delta-WestJet alliance would boost the joint venture to a 27 percent share of air traffic between the U.S. and Canada, still behind the 45 percent market share owned by national carrier Air Canada.
Comments & Discussion
Shop The Jet Set
Holiday Shopping Ideas
Travel Advisor Melinda Fortunato Shares How Travel Looks Like During The Pandemic
Cruises3 days ago
CDC Updates Recommendations for Cruising
Airline News3 days ago
Which Thanksgiving Foods Can You Carry Onboard Flights?
Happening Now2 days ago
CDC Advises International Travelers to Test Three Times for COVID-19
Airline News2 days ago
Some International Travelers May Be Required To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Before Flying