WestJet To Focus Operations In Western Canada

Following a strategic review, WestJet Airlines said that it will focus its fleet and operations in Western Canada.

The privately held Calgary-based airline said it will add routes to more communities and concentrate its existing wide-body 787 Dreamliner aircraft in Western Canada.

The carrier added that it will continue to be a national airline with a presence in Eastern Canada, but its routes east of Manitoba will primarily be through connections to Western Canadian cities.

WestJet added that it plans to halt acquisitions of wide-body Dreamliner aircraft, which it uses to fly trans-Atlantic routes, and only purchase narrow-body aircraft going forward.

WestJet also said that its regional fleet of De Havilland Q400 turboprop planes will be moved to focus on serving Western Canadian cities.

The airline has said that its operations and staffing levels remain below pre-pandemic levels.