OTTAWA, Nov. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) issued the following
response to the Canadian Transportation Agency's (CTA's) release this
week of two decisions. The CTA confirmed that Sunwing Airlines Inc.
operates within Canada's foreign ownership and control limits. The
agency also approved Sunwing's application for wet lease of foreign
aircraft and pilots through spring 2013.
"The Canadian Transportation Agency's (CTA) recent decisions confirming
that Sunwing Airlines continues to be controlled by Canadians and
approving the airline's application to use foreign flight crews and
aircraft on a seasonal basis underscore a growing concern in the
Canadian airline industry.
"While we respect the CTA's decision on ownership, the fact of the
matter is for this winter season, more than half of Sunwing's pilots
will be foreign and two-thirds of their aircraft will be leased from
"As for the CTA's decision allowing Sunwing to wet lease foreign
aircraft, simply put, with the absence of a Canadian wet lease policy,
the agency had little choice but to grant the application. ALPA has
long advocated for restricting this practice as it allows foreign
pilots to perform flying that can and should be done by Canadian
pilots. At a time when a number of qualified Canadian pilots have been
furloughed from their airlines, ALPA believes that the granting of this
application undermines the viability of Canadian airlines and deprives
Canadian pilots of work opportunities.
"ALPA does, however, applaud the CTA for recognizing this problem by
taking the initiative to review the way the agency approaches wet lease
applications. Further, ALPA commends the agency's initiative to consult
with industry stakeholders such as ALPA regarding wet lease approval
requirements and the considerations that the agency should undertake in
its assessment of necessity under the regulations. We look forward to working cooperatively with the
agency and other interested parties to establish appropriate guidelines
for a Canadian wet lease policy that help level the playing field for
all Canadian airlines and bring our furloughed members back to work."
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world's largest pilot union, representing
nearly 51,000 pilots at 35 airlines in the United States and Canada,
including the 2,800 Canadian flight crewmembers who fly for Air
Transat, Bearskin, Calm Air, Canadian North, CanJet, First Air, Jazz,
Kelowna Flightcraft, and Wasaya. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
SOURCE: Air Line Pilots Association, Intl
For further information:
Capt. Dan Adamus, ALPA Canada Board, 613/293-0882, Dan.Adamus@alpa.org