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Why Did WestJet Pull Out Of SFO?

Mon Feb 06, 2006 3:07 pm

I was lurking around the SFO website, and noticed the WestJet no longer operates into SFO. Now, what caused them to pull out? Low demand?
Any help is appreciated.

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[Edited 2006-02-06 07:09:10]
 
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RE: Why Did WestJet Pull Out Of SFO?

Mon Feb 06, 2006 3:48 pm

Use it or lose it! That's the Westjet idea and it's working well for them. I'd be willing to bet the loads just weren't there.

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RE: Why Did WestJet Pull Out Of SFO?

Mon Feb 06, 2006 3:59 pm

Quoting Cgagn (Reply 1):
Use it or lose it! That's the Westjet idea and it's working well for them. I'd be willing to bet the loads just weren't there.

Ill put my 2 cents on that aswell. With airlines such as Westjet it's ussually down to they'll try a new city and if it does alright then its a keeper, if it does really well then they'll start adding to it, and if it doesn't do that great then they'll drop the route and use the planes somewhere else.



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RE: Why Did WestJet Pull Out Of SFO?

Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:45 pm

In my opnion, WestJets ops at SFO weren't all that great. Their flights to YYC weren't daily, and oftentimes their fares were much, much higher than UA and AC non stops, and AS's SEA connection. This I never quite understood. My company would always route me thru SEA on AS for a fare up to US$250 less than WestJet.
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RE: Why Did WestJet Pull Out Of SFO?

Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:55 pm

Aside from leisure (snowbird) markets WS's transborder expansion strategy has not been very successful. Little brand recognition in the US and poor frequencies did little to ensure their continuation. WS folks will, of course dispute all this.  Big grin .
 
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RE: Why Did WestJet Pull Out Of SFO?

Mon Feb 06, 2006 11:33 pm

Another problem with WS to SFO is that they tried to compete on routes where the market was already saturated, namely YYZ and YYC. Had they tried city pairs with little to no nonstop competition, they'd probably still be @ SFO.
 
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RE: Why Did WestJet Pull Out Of SFO?

Tue Feb 07, 2006 12:11 am

Westjet certainly has had a fickle record in California scheduled services.

Los Angeles service also has not feared well either. Westjet began with multiple daily flights from Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. The Toronto service ended only months after it began, Vancouver was pulled later as it seemed Westjet was tired with competing against others including HMY. LAX is now left with 6 day per week Calgary service.
From the surface it seems Westjet as mentioned in previous post is unwilling to stick in a market and let it develop. Its not very realistic to expect a market to perform from the first day especially as the carrier has no name recognition, nor much advertising in California.

The only destination that appears to be doing alright are the flights to Palm Springs, however these are primarily designed for the Canadian snow birds and have been successfully operated by prior airlines also such as Canada3000.
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