WestJet and Air France enter codeshare partnership

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WestJet and Air France have turned their existing interline agreement into a codeshare partnership, allowing passengers to fly to 10 new destinations within Canada on an Air France ticket.

The codeshare will apply to 15 Canadian routes, and tickets bearing the "AF" designator code go on sale for the routes from 12 March. The codeshare will apply to WestJet flights from Toronto to Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Quebec City, St. John's, Moncton and Halifax. The partnership will also apply to Calgary and Winnipeg connections from Toronto on direct flights from Paris.

Air France will operate three daily flights between Paris and Montreal and one daily flight between Toronto and Paris between 31 March and 26 October.

Air France and WestJet have been interline partners since 2009.

"With this enhanced partnership we are delighted to offer at the same time a larger choice of Canadian destinations to our customers flying from Europe, Asia and Africa [and the] Middle East to Canada and excellent connections to Air France global network to Canadian customers," says Dominique Patry, vice-president of international affairs and alliances at Air France.

Air France is WestJet's ninth codeshare partner. The carrier also has 21 interline partnerships. WestJet's chief executive Gregg Saretsky told investors during a 6 February analyst call that the airline plans to turn two to four of these agreements into full codeshare partnerships by the end of 2013.