September 19, 2011
WestJet will add flights if Air Canada strikes.
WestJet will add flights in the event of a strike at Air Canada, to accommodate affected passengers.
“Based on available aircraft and crew, we will be adding extra flights in domestic and trans-border markets as demand warrants,” said Cam Kenyon, executive vice-president, operations, in a release.
“Flight schedules are being prepared initially from Sept. 21 to Sept. 25 and will be updated as required,” continued Kenyon. He added that “there are more than 20,000 empty seats available every day on WestJet aircraft right now.”
These additional flights will be available for reservation early on the morning of Sept. 21 on the company’s website or through the WestJet Sales Super Centre.
Air Canada passengers are advised to book directly through the above channels in order to ensure travel on Sept. 21 and beyond.
On Sept. 16, Air Canada received a strike notice from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents the airline’s 6,800 flight attendants, confirming the union’s intention to begin a strike at 12:01 a.m. EDT Sept. 21.
Talks between the parties are ongoing and will continue prior to the strike deadline, assisted by federally-appointed mediators.
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