CAPA: Air Canada and WestJet duopoly blurring lines of traditional FSC, LCC boundaries

    CAPA – Centre for Aviation, in a report entitled: ‘Canada aviation: Air Canada and WestJet blur the FSC and LCC lines’, commented (06-Aug-2018) on Air Canada and WestJet’s duopoly in Canada’s domestic market, noting the traditional boundaries of FSC and LCC are blurring as each airline works to broaden their reach to a wide range of passenger bases. Air Canada is using LCC unit rouge on some domestic routes and bolstering its fare options, while WestJet recently launched its own LCC subsidiary Swoop. Air Canada and WestJet are developing strategies to combat ULCCs yet to materialise in a significant fashion in the Canadian domestic market. Air Canada is beginning to examine ways of possibly deploying Rouge narrowbodies on routes operated by its regional partners, and WestJet is moving closer to becoming a full service airline as it forges a partnership with a smaller regional airline to supply feed. [more – CAPA Analysis]