June 27 2019  |  Partnerships, Collaborations & Acquisitions

WestJet, Delta receive clearance from Canadian watchdog for transborder joint venture

By Rachel Debling

Today WestJet and Delta Air Lines announced they have received clearance under Canada’s Competition Act from the Canadian Competition Bureau (CCB), allowing them to move ahead with 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,” said Ed Sims, WestJet's President and CEO. “We thank the CCB for its timely and thorough review. 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.”

Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO, also commented: “This significant achievement brings us closer to implementing a joint venture that provides a world-class experience for customers travelling between the U.S. and Canada. The joint venture between Delta and WestJet will create an expanded network with more frequencies and destinations, improved airport connections and significantly enhanced frequent flyer benefits.”

The proposed joint venture is still subject to regulatory approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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