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Southwest Applies For US-Canada Route Authority From DOT

Necessary For Codeshare Operation With WestJet

Southwest Airlines submitted an application to the Department of Transportation this week to acquire international route authority to operate flights between the United States and Canada.

The application for a certificate to provide foreign air transportation is required by law before Southwest Airlines can fully implement its previously announced codeshare agreement with Canadian carrier WestJet, as ANN reported.

Southwest expects approval from DOT by the first quarter of 2009. The airlines plan to announce codeshare flight schedules in the second half of the year.

It's worth noting, of course, that the certificate would also allow Southwest to operate flights to Canada with its own planes... although the airline notes it has no plans to do so at this time.

FMI: www.southwest.com, www.westjet.com

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