Alberta Concerned Fed’s Equity in Air Canada’s Relief May Disadvantage WestJet

Alberta is asking the federal government for assurances that Air Canada won’t get preferential treatment over Calgary-based WestJet now that Ottawa is a part owner of the nation’s largest airline. The AB Minister of Finance sent a letter to his federal counterpart, Chrystia Freeland, urging her government to adequately support other airlines during Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery. “I am concerned about the implications of the federal government now owning a portion of Air Canada, and the impact on competitiveness this may have on our other national airline, WestJet,” it reads. WestJet is also continuing discussions about assistance with the federal government, according to the airline and Freeland’s office.

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