WestJet, ALPA Deal Ratified, Swoop Integration Set To Begin

The second collective bargaining agreement between WestJet and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) – representing WestJet and Swoop pilots – has now been ratified.

Commenting on the ratification, Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet Group, Chief Executive Officer, said: “The WestJet Group is pleased to have reached an industry-leading agreement in negotiation with ALPA that recognizes the value and instrumental contributions of our current and future pilots.”

He continued: “This agreement bolsters our ability to provide certainty and career opportunities across our organization for years to come while ensuring the competitive sustainability of the WestJet Group.”

The agreement is in effect from Jan. 1, 2023, and will be in place until Dec. 31, 2026.

As negotiated in the collective agreement, the WestJet Group will now begin integration efforts of its ultra-low-cost airline, Swoop. Through an expedited process, the airline anticipates a full integration into its mainline operations by the end of October.

To avoid traveller impact, Swoop will operate its existing network through to the end of its published schedule on Oct. 28. Swoop employees will move to WestJet.

Said von Hoensbroech: “The WestJet Group is confident in the outcome of this negotiated decision and the path forward to integrate Swoop into WestJet’s operations.”

He said: “We continue our strategy toward providing reliable, affordable travel across the WestJet Group, leveraging the valuable experiences and learnings from the Swoop business model. This integration will enhance our ability to serve a broader spectrum of guests. Instead of only 16 aircraft serving the ultra-low-cost market, each aircraft, in our 180-strong fleet, will offer ultra-affordable travel options through to a premium inflight experience.”

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