Just as travel restrictions eased in Canada, WestJet and Sunwing announced that the WestJet Group will acquire Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines.
According to the airlines, “the transaction will bring together two distinctly Canadian travel and tourism success stories to deliver new travel options and greater value for travellers in the rapidly expanding leisure and work-from-anywhere travel markets. The combination will enable both companies to protect and create jobs and rebuild strength in the Canadian travel industry at a critical time.”
Once the transaction is closed, expect to see a new tour operating business that combines Sunwing Vacations and WestJet vacations. And, they said that this means Canadian travellers will have access to “more competitive airfares and affordable vacation packages through the combined strength of the companies.”
The tour operator business will be headquartered in Toronto, along with a Quebec head office in Laval and the business will continue to market the Sunwing brand alongside WestJet Vacations. Meanwhile, WestJet will maintain its head office in Calgary.
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“The WestJet Group of companies will expand to include Sunwing Airlines. This will add increased capacity, dedicating otherwise seasonal aircraft to operate year-round in Canada, instead of Sunwing supplementing seasonal demand with imported aircraft, which translates into more jobs for Canadians,” states a release.
“This acquisition will improve the WestJet Group’s ability to offer more affordable fares by immediately expanding its low-cost footprint in Canada.”
Are you excited about the merger of Canada’s two original low-cost carriers?