Airline poised to take Canadians to the core of the Big Apple
CALGARY, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced it has
successfully bid for eight slot pairs at New York's LaGuardia airport.
A slot pair is defined as one arriving flight and one departing flight.
The auction, held by the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), provided
select airlines in Canada and the United States the unique opportunity
to bid on two slot packages for LaGuardia airport and one for
Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport.
"We are very pleased with our successful bid," said Gregg Saretsky,
WestJet President and CEO. "Our growth plans, in which increased
business travel in the East figures prominently, includes New York
City, Canada's largest international business market and we look
forward to providing our guests with frequent, year-round service to
the core of the Big Apple.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," continued Gregg Saretsky.
"LaGuardia airport is slot controlled and therefore, access is
otherwise strictly limited. Our ability to now serve New York
demonstrates we are focused on delivering on our business traveller
WestJet will be working over the next several days to finalize the
transaction according to FAA requirements while working to secure U.S.
customs pre-clearance from Canada. Details on schedule information will
be announced at a later date.
WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service
throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted
into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named
one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in
Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live
seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 96
Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries
for an additional 39 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one
of the five most successful international airlines in the world.
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