OTTAWA, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Transport Canada today granted permission for WestJet to employ a ratio
of one flight attendant for every 50 passenger seats onboard an
"The safety of Canadians is Transport Canada's top priority," said the
Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities. "The department has considered WestJet's request carefully
and is confident that the same levels of safety will be maintained."
The Canadian Aviation Regulations currently require one flight attendant for every 40 passengers present
on board an aircraft. However, for certain eligible aircraft configured
with up to 50 passenger seats, only one flight attendant is required.
This exemption aligns WestJet with international standards as airlines
based in the United States and other jurisdictions operate with one
flight attendant for every 50 passenger seats, and they are currently
flying to and from Canada with this ratio.
"This decision will make WestJet more competitive with U.S. airlines
while maintaining a high safety standard," said Minister Lebel.
All air operators are entitled to make an exemption request to Transport
Canada and every request is given equal consideration and assessed on
its own merit. Transport Canada will begin work on a regulatory change
so that airlines can meet this internationally-recognized standard
without seeking an exemption.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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