US shows support for airline venture between Delta, WestJet

The Trump administration is giving a green light to Delta Air Lines and Canada’s WestJet, who want to work together in setting schedules and prices

It was not immediately clear whether the government’s conditions will be acceptable to the airlines. A Delta spokesman said the Atlanta-based airline was reviewing the proposal and had no further comment. A WestJet spokeswoman said the airlines would respond to the Transportation Department.

The joint venture would expand a partnership between the two airlines that goes back several years and includes selling seats on each other’s flights. The airlines have said the deal will include new nonstop flights to new destinations and better reciprocal benefits for members of their frequent-flyer programs.

Delta has other joint ventures with foreign airlines including Virgin Atlantic, Korean Air, Air France-KLM and Aeromexico.

The Transportation Department said it will review the Delta-WestJet venture in five years.