WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it plans to launch a new cheap airline later this year.
WestJet said Thursday it will start with 10 Boeing 737-800 aircraft in its initial fleet and offer no-frills, lower-cost flights.
The new yet-to-be-named carrier is subject to agreement with its pilots and any required regulatory approvals.
Co-founder and chairman Clive Beddoe said the so-called ultra-low-cost carrier will broaden the company’s growth opportunities as it goes after the price-sensitive end of the market.
WestJet started in 1996 with just three aircraft serving five destinations in Western Canada.
The airline, together with regional carrier WestJet Encore, now offered scheduled flights to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.
From The Canadian Press