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WestJet-Delta alliance tentatively approved by U.S.; conditions apply

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  •   10-23-2020  8:15 pm
  •   Pax Global Media
WestJet-Delta alliance tentatively approved by U.S.; conditions apply
Pax Global Media

The U.S. Department of Transportation has tentatively approved an alliance agreement between WestJet Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

The intention of the airlines is to co-ordinate their services, including network planning and setting prices for flights between Canada and the United States, suggesting that the agreement will provide more options for travellers between the two countries. 

According to reports, one condition of the approval is WestJet removing its discount carrier, Swoop, from the alliance, as well as selling 16 slots at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

This is something the Trump administration is proposing. Giving up takeoff and landing rights at LaGuardia would reportedly let other airlines operate eight round trips daily. 

It is not yet clear if WestJet or Delta have approved of these conditions. 

Canada's Competition Bureau approved WestJet and Delta's joint venture in 2019. 

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