WestJet-Delta Transborder JV Cleared By Competition Bureau
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
WestJet and Delta Air Lines have received clearance from the Canadian Competition Bureau (CCB) for their proposed U.S. – Canada transborder joint venture.
"Today's clearance by the CCB is an important step towards satisfying the conditions necessary to implement the proposed WestJet-Delta transborder joint venture," says Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. "The joint venture will lead to more consumer choice, connectivity, and economic benefits on both sides of the border by growing U.S.-Canada business and tourism travel."
Delta's CEO Ed Bastian says the joint venture will create "an expanded network with more frequencies and destinations, improved airport connections and significantly enhanced frequent flyer benefits.
The proposed joint venture between the two airlines is still subject to regulatory approval from the Department of Transportation in the United States.
If approved, the new joint venture would enable Delta and WestJet to expand their codesharing agreement, introduce reciprocal elite frequent flyer benefits, increase growth across the U.S.-Canada transborder networks, and work together to deliver a more seamless guest experience.
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Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.