The WestJet Group has announced the completion of its acquisition of Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines, which was originally revealed in March of last year.
Initially, both airlines will continue to operate independently; however, WestJet has stated that they will eventually transition from competitors to collaborators.
WestJet Acquired Sunwing Airlines
In March, the Canadian federal government approved WestJet’s acquisition of Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines.
Stephen Hunter, the former CEO of Sunwing Vacations, has been named the CEO of WestJet Group’s vacation business, responsible for all tour operations and packages at Sunwing Vacations and WestJet Vacations.
The Canadian Press first reported on May 1, 2023, that the Ottawa government has approved WestJet’s acquisition of Sunwing, subject to certain conditions.
These conditions require WestJet to expand Sunwing’s packages to five new cities, preserve capacity on the most impacted routes, and maintain a head office for the vacations business in Toronto and a regional office in Montreal for a minimum of five years.
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