If WestJet's Encore could move into DCA - to compete with Porter's IAD-YTZ - I can visualize a meaningful route developing.
WestJet connects to 22 more Canadian cities nationwide versus Porter's connections only to eastern Canadian cities.
As long as clients realize they're getting a different product than Porter's (Yes - I've flown Encore).
Neither WS Encore or Porter will be serving DCA anytime in the next few years. Yes - they would really really like to get access to it. However DCA slots are limited and when they do come open, all the US majors put in for service from every half-sized city in America. To most Americans, the difference between YYZ and YTZ is academic. If you hear WS or PD marketing folks dreaming aloud about DCA access, it is just noise. Could you imagine the uproar if a Canadian carrier got access to DCA for 2-3-4 daily flights when there are still cities within the perimeter who want direct flights to Washington and Air Canada already capably serves Washington (all three airports) - Toronto. Especially under President America First.
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