WestJet expands codeshare with American

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WestJet has expanded its codeshare with American Airlines to cover 16 cities beyond Dallas-Fort Worth, once it launches new flights to the Texas airport on 29 April.

American flights to Albuquerque, Austin, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, San Antonio, Tampa and Tulsa will carry the WestJet code under the expanded agreement, according to the Calgary-based low-cost carrier.

WestJet will fly once daily between Calgary and Dallas-Fort Worth, complementing American's two daily nonstops in the market.

"Our airline partnership strategy continues to grow, offering guests additional opportunities to connect throughout WestJet's world and beyond," says Chris Avery, vice-president of network planning, alliances and corporate development at the low-cost carrier, in a statement. "The addition of 16 new cities beyond Dallas-Fort Worth greatly increases connectivity for both WestJet and American Airlines guests, opening new markets for business travellers in particular."

The carrier will also place its code on American flights from Chicago O'Hare to Charlotte and Fort Myers.

Gregg Saretsky, chief executive of WestJet, said in February that the airline planned to "evolve" up to four of its interline agreements into codeshares this year.