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Air Transat and WestJet Launch New Transatlantic Codeshare Partnership
Air Transat and WestJet have launched a new transatlantic codeshare partnership, with WestJet’s WS code now activated on select Air Transat flights to/from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Croatia.
On Thursday (April 28, 2022), Air Transat announced the signing of a new transatlantic codeshare partnership with WestJet. Under the codeshare, WestJet’s WS code is now activated for sale on Air Transat flights to and from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Croatia. The connections are now available for booking via Montreal and Toronto for travel From May 17, 2022. Likewise, starting May 4, 2022, Air Transat’s TS code will be activated on select WestJet flights, and from that date Air Transat will also offer itineraries connecting select WestJet flights with popular European destinations in Air Transat’s network.
In Thursday’s announcment, Air Transat’s Vice President – Network, Revenue Management and Pricing, Michèle Barre, said,
“We are very excited to launch this codeshare agreement with WestJet. The complementarity of our respective networks allows us to offer more alternatives to our customers, providing them with a quality and affordable product. This partnership is part of Air Transat's development strategy, enhancing our long-standing presence in the transatlantic market.”
Also commenting on the new codeshare partnership, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer, John Weatherill, added,
“This new codeshare with Air Transat complements our growing global network, allowing WestJet to offer guests exciting new destinations in Europe. As our guests return to travel, these new options will connect North America and Europe in new ways and benefit guests on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Under the new codeshare, guests of both airlines will enjoy conveniences such as a single purchase for connecting flights, the ability to check-in for all flights at their first departure and baggage checked through to their final destination.
Montreal-based Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX: TRZ), the parent company of Air Transat, was founded over 35 years ago. The company has 5,000 employees and is the third largest airline in Canada, as well as the leading integrated tourism company. Transat offers vacation packages, hotel accommodations and air service to more than 60 destinations in over 25 countries in the Americas and Europe. Air Transat has been voted the ‘World’s Best Leisure Airline’ at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. The carrier is currently renewing their fleet with the most fuel-efficient and environmentally aircraft in their class, as part of Air Transat’s commitment to a healthier environment, knowing that this is essential for the preservation of the magnificent destinations they serve.
With 26 years of service, WestJet has cut airfares for Canadians in half and increased the flying population around Canada by over 50 percent. The airline launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, and has now grown to more than 180 aircraft and 14,000 employees, offering service to 100 destinations in 23 countries (pre-pandemic). Even during the pandemic, WestJet maintained their rating by Cirium as one of the top ten airlines for on-time performance in North America.
Source(s): Transat A.T. Inc./CNW Telbec, WestJet