WestJet Airlines Ltd is now the 2nd largest Canadian air carrier. It started its operations in 1996 as a low-cost alternative to most of the airlines of the country. They have created a huge market and earned accolades among their segment, being only behind Air Canada in terms of the number of flights and passengers per day. They operate at over 100 destinations – both scheduled and charter air service, in Canada, USA, Mexico, the Caribbean, the continent of Europe, and Central America.
Clive Beddoe, David Neeleman, Mark Hill, Tim Morgan, and Donald Bell were the five men who laid the foundation stones of WestJet Airlines. It was named WestJet because it’s original routes all lay in Western Canada. Clive Beddoe is currently chairman of the board of directors. He was also the CEO till 1999 when he stepped down and Steve Smith – former Air Ontario employ – took over.