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