WestJet plans to phase out Sunwing Airlines and integrate the low-cost carrier into its main operations within two years as part of a plan to streamline operations.
In an internal memo obtained by The Canadian Press, Sunwing Airlines president Len Corrado says the change will provide growth opportunities for both the 18-year-old company and its employees. CBC has not independently verified that memo.
CBC has contacted WestJet for confirmation.
The decision comes barely a week after WestJet chose to also bring the activities of budget subsidiary Swoop under its flagship.
Both moves reinforce the major consolidation of the Canadian aviation market that followed WestJet’s acquisition of Sunwing’s major airline and vacation divisions last month.
The memo gave no indication that Sunwing Vacations would also close, suggesting WestJet aircraft could fly Sunwing tour package customers to their destinations.
Last week, WestJet announced it would fold Swoop into its core business at the end of October as the country’s second-largest airline recalibrates amid a fiercely competitive market.