Then new WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky said the carrier could forge ahead with a Delta codeshare before launching its long-awaited and highly-anticipated codeshare with Southwest Airlines.
Southwest now appears to be smarting over being shut out of the LaGuardia slot allocation and WestJet’s potential deal with Delta through a terse warning today that it could cut ties to WestJet even before they launch a codeshare.
Basically from what I can tell Southwest and WestJet possibly had a bit of exclusivity tied to their codeshare since Southwest said a WestJet-Delta tie-up would be “inconsistent” with the current pact Southwest and WestJet have in place. Southwest is also warning that if the WestJet-Delta deal goes ahead, it will offer its customers service to Canada through “the most efficient means possible”.
It’s anyone’s guess what’s happening behind the scenes here. A deal with WestJet would give Delta, an anchor of the SkyTeam alliance, a foray into to Star’s territory in Canada dominated by Air Canada. It gives WestJet a partner with more breadth and depth than Southwest.
Either way Saretsky has certainly raised eyebrows during his transition to WestJet’s top spot.