Martin Retiring From WestJet

Captain Jeff Martin, executive vice-president and chief operating officer for WestJet is retiring effective Feb.26, 2021.

Martin will be returning to the U.S. to be with his family.

Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO, said: “We are very grateful for all that Jeff has done for our airline in his two and a half years including the successful launch of our Dreamliners, industry-leading on-time performance, the creation of a world-class Operations Control Centre and harmonious labour relations.”

Martin reflected that: “After more than 31 years in the industry, Feb. 26 will mark my retirement from airline operations and it is fitting that it is with the WestJet team.”

And he continued: “In my aviation journey, the last couple of years can be counted as some of the most rewarding. Together we have accomplished a lot, but the biggest accomplishment for me has been the acceptance, support and experiences I have shared with the best airline operational team in the industry. It has been an honour to lead this great team and proudly wear the WestJet uniform.”

Robert Antoniuk, currently vice-president, airports and guest services will serve as interim chief operating officer while a global search is undertaken.