WestJet set to take on Air Canada with in­creased ser­vice in Que­bec

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS -

MON­TREAL — WestJet is tak­ing on Air Canada on its home turf, pur­su­ing one of the largest ex­pan­sions in its his­tory in Que­bec.

The Cal­gary-based com­pany has an­nounced 105 more flights per week in the prov­ince on top of the 140 it has now. The air­line, which has op­er­ated in Que­bec since 2003, is adding daily flights be­tween Mon­treal and Que­bec City, Hal­i­fax and Bos­ton.

Bob Cum­mings, ex­ec­u­tive vi­cepres­i­dent of com­mer­cial for WestJet, says there is room in Que­bec for two large air­lines, which com­pete fiercely in each other’s ter­ri­tory.

“There’s 8.2 mil­lion peo­ple here and for there to be one so dom­i­nant player, I think there’s room for two play­ers and this cer­tainly in­creases our rel­e­vance and pro­vides choice to Que­be­cers,” he said in an in­ter­view Mon­day.

Cum­mings says WestJet’s ex­pan­sion will also al­low more peo­ple to con­nect to its net­work fly­ing across Canada, to Europe and else­where. WestJet says the ex­pan­sion is pos­si­ble af­ter it re­quired all flight at­ten­dants hired since 2014 to be bilin­gual.

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