Canada's Westjet to launch ultra low-cost airline
Montreal, April 20, 2017 (AFP) - Canada's second-biggest airline Westjet
announced plans Thursday to launch a new ultra-low cost, no-frills service for
The startup fleet of 10 Boeing 737-800s, close-packed with extra seats, is
scheduled to take off later this year.
The move is subject to regulatory approvals and an agreement with its
pilots, the company said in a statement.
Westjet chief executive Gregg Saretsky said this marks a "complete
unbundling of services and products" that used to be included in ticket
prices, but did not elaborate.
Most Canadian airlines already charge extra for checked bags, meals and
other services. As such, the news was met with a bit of sarcasm.
"What are these frills we are supposedly getting now? Seats?" reader John
Smith posted on public broadcaster CBC's website.
Westjet started in 1996 as a discount carrier but has recently faced
increased competition on prices from Air Canada's discount brand Rouge and new
carrier NewLeaf, which began offering ultra-low fares last year.
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