AC_767 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 28 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 823 times:
WestJet has now just announced that they chose Moncton over Halifax as Eastern Canada hub. They chose Moncton because they had less competition with Air Canada. I thought Hamilton was WestJet's Eastern Canada hub. Can someone explain this to me?
AC_767 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 28 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 729 times:
Nope, CTV didn't make a mistake, they made it clear that is was WestJet. They had the logo on the top left corner of the television screen. Besides, CanJet wasn't even thinking of having a Hub in Moncton. They Have their hub in Halofax and I think Toronto. Therefore, it's WestJet.
AC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 726 times:
I watched the clip on CTV as well, and it did say WestJet, but I can't find anything from either WestJet or any other source to back it up. I can't explain it at all unless the reporters messed up and tried to outrace the competing stations, and ended up making a story out of something that they shouldn't have. After all, WestJet has started to serve Moncton and chose it instead of Halifax, but I certainly haven't heard anything about a Moncton hub, so maybe they just screwed up their reporting.
Buff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 723 times:
Hamilton is a Central Canada location. It is about 30 miles from Pearson (CYYZ) as the crow flies, or about 45 minutes from downtown Toronto, closer time-wise than from Pearson.
Moncton is in Canada's Maritime provinces, specifically New Brunswick. Moncton used to be called the "Hub Of The Maritimes" in the days of rail travel. It is just about equidistant to any point within New Brunswick, P.E.I., and Nova Scotia from Moncton, hence the moniker of "hub".
Air Canada pulled out of Moncton a few months ago to concentrate its efforts in local travel in Halifax, where they believed WestJet was about to set up. When WestJet fooled everybody and used Moncton, Air Canada moved back into Halifax with old CAI equipment and scheduled flights directly opposite WJ, for C$20/seat less than WJ, to Toronto. WJ now has a case filed with the Canadian Competition Tribunal for unfair & predatory price practices by AC.
The province of New Brunswick has been seeking alternative air travel to Air Canada out of Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John for decades. WestJet may be the answer.