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WestJet Drops YYZ-LAX ...again  
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25444 posts, RR: 49
Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5224 times:

Second time around, WestJet will discontinue its daily YYZ-LAX service effective Nov 2nd.

It seems the carrier has continualy struggled on the route changing schedules, equipment types etc.

Daily YYC-LAX and 3x weekly YEG-LAX remain.


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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5224 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Thread starter):
Second time around, WestJet will discontinue its daily YYZ-LAX service effective Nov 2nd

Maybe it will become seasonal?



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25444 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5130 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 1):
Maybe it will become seasonal?

Well anything is possible, however its LAX handler was told this was a permanent cut, and the online schedule shows nothing all the way thru May 2009.

Funny how WJ has had such a hard time with both YVR and YYZ.



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User currently offlineMileHighFlyer From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5083 times:

I think Air Canada is handling the YYZ-LAX route well with their 4 daily flights, plus it seems like the type of route that only gets really busy over the summer.

User currently offlineLAXAgent From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5018 times:

Air Canada has 5 Summer Flights (YYZ-LAX)
AC 791-0845
AC 799-1200
AC 787-1600
AC 793-1800
AC 795-2020



LAX
User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5911 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5000 times:
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Interesting. I wonder WJ's US routes will shuffle a bit due to their upcoming arrangement with WN.

User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4956 times:

Don't forget AA's service as well.

Way back Jetsgo used to do that run as well....I think WS is trying hard to carve a niche inn the Canada-US market....But as lucrative it maybe, it is quite competitive!!

I think the YEG-LAX will do quite well, as the market is underserved..


User currently offline9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4956 times:

It's going to be very interesting to see WS 3rd quarter numbers come October. With load-factor slipping for the last few months and additional capacity continuing to come online,it certainly looks like they will have to get very creative. It doesn't help that they recently hedged a lot of their fuel at $135.00 USD(Canadian dollar is falling to make matters worse). Their trans-border efforts have been anything but easy for them(excluding pure sun destinations like MCO),hence why an arrangement with WN makes a lot of sense.

User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2243 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4857 times:

If you are a regular on that route you want the perks. LA has some leisure travelers but more business ones that are frequent flyer plan lovers. LAX to YYZ has a bunch of regulars who shuttle back and forth.

User currently offlineFlyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 686 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4581 times:



Quoting 9252fly (Reply 7):
I think the YEG-LAX will do quite well, as the market is underserved..

Agreed. I think WS will find that there expansion to the states from YEG will work better than from YYZ. Just like YYC, YEG has a good market share for them. YEG doesn't have much competition except on their LAS route.


User currently offlineBrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4237 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4531 times:

I think that WS is having a hard time because they do not offer any premium service and they seem to do better on the shorter trans-border runs. I also believe that the route is well served by AC and because they offer 5 flights daily they can give you flexibility and choice.


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25444 posts, RR: 49
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4498 times:

It seems to me, a big issue with WJ transborder service over the years has been the fact that the carrier barely has any brand recognition on this side of the border.

Just look at the failures at SFO, LGA, and continued schedule tinkering at LAX.

If not for my industry interest, I also would likely never have not heard of WestJet either, as I have yet to see a single bit of media advertising for the airline, nor is the carrier active chasing after US travel agents. As a result WJ is basically stuck relying on only half of the traffic pie - Canada origin traffic near exclusively.

Hopefully the future SWA codeshare improves upon this.



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User currently offlineAc888yow From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 532 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4489 times:

Pssst ... Westjet, why not try your luck here in YOW for LAX and/or LAS. No competition on those routes ...

User currently offlineBoeingluvr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4341 times:



Quoting MileHighFlyer (Reply 3):
I think Air Canada is handling the YYZ-LAX route well with their 4 daily flights, plus it seems like the type of route that only gets really busy over the summer.

A friend of mine at LAX told me this summer that the average AC load for flights into LAX were extremly low and this spring as well!!... Go AC!!!


User currently offlineSunriseValley From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 4995 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3781 times:



Quoting Pnwtraveler (Reply 8):
LAX to YYZ has a bunch of regulars who shuttle back and forth.

Plus they have no code share arrangements for those using LAX as a transit point . Think NZ , QF, FJ as examples.


User currently offlineOsiris30 From Barbados, joined Sep 2006, 3192 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3733 times:

Still not sure why the abandoned the idea of operating more service from YHM. YYZ is horribly competitive and *expensive*.

If WJ operated YHM-LAX I know of at least one person who would be on two flights a week, every week, but since the service was only offered to YYZ, they opted to go AC for greater flexibility.



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User currently offlineBrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4237 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3678 times:



Quoting Osiris30 (Reply 15):
Still not sure why the abandoned the idea of operating more service from YHM. YYZ is horribly competitive and *expensive*.

If WJ operated YHM-LAX I know of at least one person who would be on two flights a week, every week, but since the service was only offered to YYZ, they opted to go AC for greater flexibility

YHM is not easy to get to from Toronto, Canada's largest city. Living and working in Toronto, I had to fly alot for my job and there is no way I could afford the time for the two hour drive to YHM As soon as they could they jumped at the chance to get into YYZ. It is unfortunately the business centre of Canada and where people want to go.



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User currently offlineMarcoPoloWorld From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 639 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3559 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 11):
Just look at the failures at SFO, LGA, and continued schedule tinkering at LAX.

I do miss flying WestJet's San Francisco - Calgary service; it was affordable, and the departure / arrival times in both directions were convenient for leisure travel (midday flights).


User currently offline9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3531 times:



Quoting Boeingluvr (Reply 13):
A friend of mine at LAX told me this summer that the average AC load for flights into LAX were extremly low and this spring as well!!... Go AC!!!

Symptomatic of the market in general as all carriers are in the same boat,probably explains WS withdrawal from the YYZ-LAX market again.

Quoting Flyb (Reply 9):
Agreed. I think WS will find that there expansion to the states from YEG will work better than from YYZ. Just like YYC, YEG has a good market share for them. YEG doesn't have much competition except on their LAS route.

Yes,WS will likely do well on the YEG-LAX market over the winter. Expect that it will only be seasonal as AC can't seem to stimulate the year-round market profitability enough to up-gauge the 705 to a E90 indicating that the market is not that large with US (or is it UA) also serving the same route.

WS is still a leisure carrier outside of Canada and that is what has limited their ability to succeed in the trans-border market. Their success against AC in Canada is not easy to replicate when you are challenging massive legacy carriers south of the border. That of course is likely to change once they team up with WN,then again it's suggests that WS has pretty much given up on tackling the trans-border market alone.


User currently offlineOsiris30 From Barbados, joined Sep 2006, 3192 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3503 times:



Quoting Brilondon (Reply 16):
YHM is not easy to get to from Toronto,

The same is true for YYZ if you live outside of Toronto. Which is kind of the reason that less YHM traffic surprises me.

Quoting Brilondon (Reply 16):
It is unfortunately the business centre of Canada and where people want to go.

Well based on the traffic on the QEW on Friday, approximately 1 billion people commute from Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville to Toronto every morning. So business center it may be, but the actual population is commuting to that business location every day.



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User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5439 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3445 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 11):
It seems to me, a big issue with WJ transborder service over the years has been the fact that the carrier barely has any brand recognition on this side of the border.

Just look at the failures at SFO, LGA, and continued schedule tinkering at LAX.

If not for my industry interest, I also would likely never have not heard of WestJet either, as I have yet to see a single bit of media advertising for the airline, nor is the carrier active chasing after US travel agents. As a result WJ is basically stuck relying on only half of the traffic pie - Canada origin traffic near exclusively

All of the above remarks apply as well to their short-lived SAN-YYC attempt 3 summers ago...

bb


User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3379 times:



Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 17):
do miss flying WestJet's San Francisco - Calgary service; it was affordable

UAL and AC offer amazing deals to California from Alberta....I think that myth that WS ic=s cheaper than AC is a joke...


User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3376 times:



Quoting 9252fly (Reply 18):
will only be seasonal as AC can't seem to stimulate the year-round market profitability enough to up-gauge the 705 to a E90 indicating that the market is not that large with US (or is it UA) also serving the same route.

I don't get why AC flies to LAX from YEG...

Between the time AC started flying to LAX from YEG and now, United added 3 flights to SFO, Delta added 2 daily flights to SLC...and still AC can't fill a aplne profitabilty (at that's what they say)....

Alamost al;ways, flying to LAX from YEG is way cheaper on AC when connecting though YYC or YVR (since they have flooded theses two markets with flights to LAX)...
so go figure!!


User currently offline9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3155 times:



Quoting Yegbey01 (Reply 22):
Between the time AC started flying to LAX from YEG and now, United added 3 flights to SFO, Delta added 2 daily flights to SLC...and still AC can't fill a aplne profitabilty (at that's what they say)....

Not too sure what the profitability numbers are for AC YEG-LAX. AC benefits from the ability to connect to other Star Alliance carriers at LAX,something that WS lacks for now ( WN ) . That's probably what sustains the route more than the O&D traffic,so even though it may be marginally profitable,it's the connection traffic at both ends (primarily LAX) that keeps it from being cancelled.


User currently offlineBrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4237 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3100 times:



Quoting Osiris30 (Reply 19):
The same is true for YYZ if you live outside of Toronto. Which is kind of the reason that less YHM traffic surprises me.

YYZ has bus service and highways connecting to it, congested and hard to get to when between the hours of 0400 to about 2300 but still a way of getting to the airport. YHM has no freeway access and no bus service that I know about from Toronto and the rest of SW Ontario.



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25 Osiris30 : Actually the new highway 6 extension and the 'Linc' make it pretty easy to get to YHM these days. What you say was true a few years ago, but not anym
26 LACA773 : It also allows AC the flexibility to fly different equipment depending on loads. I'm sure this works well for them as it does for AM & MX to Mexico.
27 9252fly : I recall AS indeed operated YYC-LAX non-stop for a period of time,perhaps a year or two then it reverted back to a direct flight via SEA.
28 YEGinLeduc : AS operated YYC-LAX with a 739 two years ago as well as 3 flights a day to SEA with a mix of 734/CRJ/DH4 Last year QX did 4 flights a day YYC-SEA on
29 Flyb : Air Canada has not stated since 2001 that this route is not profitable when they pulled the Canadian route out of LAX. These days that route is profi
30 Multimark : This is troubling news for WS. If they can't make a go from Canada's largest city to a major market like LAX, where are they going to place all the ad
31 Viscount724 : AS also operated YYZ-LAX nonstop for a while several years ago. I don't think it lasted more than year, possibly less. An AS MD-80 wasn't much compet
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