WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airline have today announced a new reciprocal interline partnership, the first such collaboration for Pacific Coastal Airlines. Guests can now book a single ticket for travel across the networks of both airlines.
On Tuesday (October 18, 2022), WestJet announced the launch of a new interline partnership with Pacific Coastal Airlines (PCA), a first collaboration of the type by PCA. Guests can now book travel across the networks of both airlines on a single ticket, and enjoy optimized connecting times, as well as the convenience of checking-in and receiving boarding passes for all segments at the first point of departure.
In Tuesday’s announcement, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer, John Weatherill, said,
“We are thrilled to become the first interline partner for Pacific Coastal and to add to our existing WestJet Link relationship. This new interline complements our network growth in Western Canada and the strong schedule we're bringing to the communities we serve directly and through our partners like Pacific Coastal.”
Also commenting on the new interline partnership, Pacific Coastal Airlines’ Vice President of Customer and Commercial, Johnathan Richardson, added,
“Pacific Coastal Airlines is proud to partner with WestJet on our first interline. We look forward to working together to connect the communities we serve and bring them exciting new options for their global travel needs.”
The new interline collaboration expands the existing relationship between the airlines, with Pacific Coastal Airlines currently operating all WestJet Link flights on behalf of WestJet under a capacity purchase agreement. WestJet Link serves 11 communities in Alberta and British Columbia.
In 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.