Air Canada adds capacity after Westjet pilots strike mandate

posted on 11th May 2018 by Justin Burns
Air Canada adds capacity after Westjet pilots strike mandate

Air Canada says it had added capacity on key transcontinental routes in response to the strike mandate given by fellow Canadian carrier WestJet’s pilots.

The airline is to up-gauge aircraft on certain flights from its primary global hub in Toronto to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, from Vancouver to Calgary, Edmonton, and from Calgary to Montreal.

Air Canada said in a statement: “Travellers who may be concerned about the uncertainty resulting from WestJet’s strike vote mandate can book Air Canada with confidence.

“With our flexible and diverse fleet, we will continue adjusting capacity where possible to limit disruptions for people travelling.

“We look forward to welcoming customers onboard our flights to key destinations throughout our network and into our global hubs.”

WestJet pilots voted overwhelmingly to approve a strike, but the Air Line Pilots Association union said its goal is an agreement with the airline not industrial action. 91 per cent of pilots voted for action. Chief executive Ed Sims said the airline remains at the negotiation table to “drive a sustainable agreement.”