CALGARY — WestJet’s Jeff Martin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, has announced his retirement after more than 31 years in the airline industry.
Martin, who will be returning to the United States to be with his family, will mark Feb. 26, 2021 as his final day at the airline.
Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO, thanked Martin for his years of service: “We are very grateful for all that Jeff has done for our airline in his two and a half years, including the successful launch of our Dreamliners, industry-leading on-time performance, the creation of a world-class Operations Control Centre and harmonious labour relations.”
Martin added: “After more than 31 years in the industry, Feb. 26 will mark my retirement from airline operations and it is fitting that it is with the WestJet team. In my aviation journey, the last couple of years can be counted as some of the most rewarding. Together we have accomplished a lot, but the biggest accomplishment for me has been the acceptance, support and experiences I have shared with the best airline operational team in the industry.
“It has been an honour to lead this great team and proudly wear the WestJet uniform.”
Robert Antoniuk, currently Vice-President, Airports and Guest Services, will serve as Interim Chief Operating Officer while a global search is undertaken.