WestJet May Cease Operations at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Adds Tampa Flight

by Anthony Losanno
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Canada’s number two airline, WestJet, looks like it is pulling out of LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Its only flight to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) looks to cease on October 27th according to @IshrionA on Twitter.

WestJet has had an interesting year. The carrier chose to not continue its joint venture with Delta Air Lines and now seems to be ceding its slots at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) where it used to have eight. It will be interesting to see where these slots go as Delta seems like the best guess. WestJet will continue to fly between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), but that will be the airline’s sole NYC route.


WestJet Taketh Away, WestJet Giveth

While service to Laguardia looks to be ending, but WestJet is also launching a new flight between Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Calgary International Airport (YYC) on December 23rd. The flight will run seasonally through April 6th. WestJet currently flies between Tampa International Airport (TPA)  and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). It used to also have service to St. John’s International Airport (YYT), but that launched in 2022 and has since stopped.

Anthony’s Take: Tampa has been getting lots of love lately from a host of different carriers. While I’m there this winter, I’ll have lots of new routes and airlines to check out. It will be interesting to see if WestJet adds service in NYC as it looks like it’s having a hard time competing with all of the other carriers that fly to Toronto, Montreal, and other cities in Canada.

(Image Credits: WestJet.)

(H/T: @IshrionA via Twitter.)

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Adrian Jones July 22, 2023 - 2:58 pm

Anthony, what’s the source? WestJet has not made any announcement pertaining to these changes.

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Anthony Losanno July 22, 2023 - 3:16 pm

I added the source (thought I had added a H/T at the end) and changed the title to be a little more speculative until this is officially announced by the airline.

Adrian Jones July 22, 2023 - 3:35 pm

Anthony, no one reads H/Ts because they’re at the bottom. Also most people don’t even know what “H/T” stands for. In this world it sounds like some medical term.

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Anthony Losanno July 22, 2023 - 3:44 pm

Apologies. I edited it so it appears at the top.

Neh July 22, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Wow, you wrote that Westjet is ceding it’s gates where it used to have 8. I never knew they ever had 8 gates in LGA. I remember they bought 8 LGA slots. That would be one flight per gate.
I wonder if they’ll be allowed to lease/sell these slots to Delta since this is where those slots came from in the first place in that DOT auction.

Jordann July 22, 2023 - 11:06 pm

Westjet had 8 slots not 8 gates. You don’t need 8 gates.if you are serving one destination

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Anthony Losanno July 23, 2023 - 11:00 am

That’s correct. Thanks. Fixed it.


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