U.S. border policies could drive foreign visitors to Canada: WestJet CEO

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WestJetA WestJet plane at Vancouver International Airport in on Feb. 3, 2014.(The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)


CALGARY — The head of WestJet Airlines says he sees a possible silver lining with the uncertainty surrounding new U.S. border policies: a boost in international visitors to Canada.

CEO Gregg Saretsky said while the airline hasn’t yet seen any jump in interest to its Canadian destinations, he believes the potential is there given the rapidly changing situation in the U.S.

“As border issues and political issues continue to intensify, I think there’s perhaps an opportunity for Canada to benefit from increasing foreign tourist arrivals,” Saretsky

“We are watching with interest what’s going on with the changing political landscape. We’re working with the U.S. customs and border patrol agency to ensure that we’re following laws as we need to, but obviously that situation is very fluid and from day to day there’s pronouncements and lots of back and forth.”

Bob Cummings, WestJet’s executive vice-president commercial, said the company hasn’t seen a decline in visitors to the U.S. on its routes.

Nearly two weeks ago, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from travelling to America. The order has led to confusion and anger among some with travel documentation from those nations.