November 24, 2011
WestJet has successfully bid for eight slot pairs at New York's LaGuardia airport, paving the way for flights to the Big Apple.
“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.”
The auction, held by the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), provided select airlines in Canada and the U.S. the opportunity to bid on two slot packages for LaGuardia airport and one for Washington, D.C.'s Ronald Reagan National Airport.
A slot pair is defined as one arriving flight and one departing flight.
Over the next several days, WestJet will work to finalize the transaction according to FAA requirements and secure U.S. customs pre-clearance from Canada.
Details on schedule information will be announced later.
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