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WestJet no longer seeking financial support from Ottawa

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  •   07-20-2021  6:28 pm
  •   Pax Global Media
WestJet no longer seeking financial support from Ottawa
Pax Global Media

In a statement, WestJet said it has had "constructive discussions over the past several months" with the Canadian government. But those discussions are over: WestJet is no longer seeking financial support from Ottawa.

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Nevertheless, "WestJet and the Government of Canada remain open to resuming discussions on financial support in the future," the release said.

Focus on recovery

"Given the encouraging vaccination rates across the country, both parties have agreed to focus on the safe recovery of the travel and tourism sector rather than these negotiations and taxpayer financial support," WestJet said.

WestJet's statement comes on the heels of Ottawa's announcement that it will ease border measures for fully vaccinated U.S. travellers as of August 9 and for fully vaccinated travellers from the rest of the world as of September 7.

Over the past few months, the Government of Canada has successively reached agreements to support Air Canada, Transat, Sunwing, and Porter Airlines by providing loans through the Canada Business Emergency Financing Corporation under the Large Employer Emergency Credit (LEC).

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