Public Consultation on Proposed Acquisition of Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines by WestJet Airlines Ltd.

Current status: Closed

Open on May 20, 2022, and will be closed on July 22, 2022.

WestJet Airlines Ltd. and Sunwing Travel Group have notified the Minister of Transport that WestJet proposes to acquire Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines.

The Minister has decided that the proposed acquisition raises possible public interest issues with respect to the national transportation system and directed Transport Canada to begin a public interest assessment. The assessment will include input from the Commissioner of Competition, who will look at how the acquisition would impact competition in the air sector.

A public consultation is a key part of the public interest assessment. Canadians are invited to share their views on the proposed acquisition.

Join in: how to participate

Note: Written submissions may be provided to the proponents to the proposed transaction and may be made public, with an option to withhold confidential/commercially sensitive information. Please identify if information is confidential and if should not be shared.

Share your ideas

Register at Let’s Talk Transportation to provide your comment on discussion questions. You can also upload a document through the Submission tab on Let’s Talk – Consultation on Proposed Acquisition of Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines by WestJet Airlines Ltd.

Who is the focus of this consultation

All Canadians are invited to participate in the online consultations.

  • Traveling public
  • Aviation industry and representatives
  • Consumer, public interest, and tourism advocacy groups

Key questions for discussion

  • How would the acquisition of Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines Inc. by WestJet Airlines Ltd. positively or negatively impact your travel experience?
  • Would the acquisition be positive or negative for the Canadian economy? Please explain.
  • Why should the acquisition be approved, approved with conditions, or denied? Please explain.

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