WASHINGTON—The proposed purchase of WestJet by private-equity firm Onex Capital has received Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau’s blessing, clearing a major regulatory hurdle necessary for the deal to close. “We welcome the decision by the minister of transport, and we will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities on the remaining regulatory approvals,” WestJet CEO Ed Sims said June 24. WestJet and Onex struck a tentative deal on May 13 that ...

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