WestJet-Delta Airlines Closer to Finalizing Codeshare Agreement.
WestJet Airlines and Delta Airlines are reportedly one step closer to a new codeshare agreement, after the Canadian Competition Bureau (CCB) approved the proposed deal.
The deal, which was first announced when the airlines signed a memorandum of understanding in December 2017, will allow the airlines to serve more than 30 cities and over 95% of the U.S. and Canada. It will also allow both to provide frequent flyer and loyalty benefits to flyers from both airlines.
In a statement announcing the approval from the CCB, both airlines said the deal will give consumers more choice on both sides of the border, creating “an expanded network with more frequencies and destinations, improved airport connections, and significantly enhanced frequent flyer benefits,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said.
“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,” WestJet president and CEO Ed Sims said.
The deal is now subject to approval from the Department of Transportation in the U.S.