Airline prepares for potential strike action at Air Canada to minimize
impact on travelling public
CALGARY, Sept. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced that in the
event of strike action at Air Canada, it will add extra flights in
order to accommodate passengers that may be otherwise stranded.
"Based on available aircraft and crew, we will be adding extra flights
in domestic and trans-border markets as demand warrants," said Cam
Kenyon, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Operations. "As events
unfold, we will begin to add flights so that impact to the travelling
public is minimized."
"Flight schedules are being prepared initially from September 21 to
September 25, 2011, and will be updated as required," continued Cam
Kenyon. "In addition, September is a shoulder season in the travel
industry when typically there are fewer people flying. In fact, based
on current flight loads, there are more than 20,000 empty seats
available every day on WestJet aircraft right now. If their plans are
impacted by potential strike action, travellers will have choices."
These additional flights will be available for reservation early on the
morning of September 21, 2011, on westjet.com, through the WestJet Sales Super Centre at 1-888-WESTJET
(1-888-937-8538) or by contacting your travel agent. WestJet's everyday
value pricing will apply to all existing and extra flights.
Air Canada passengers are advised to book directly through the above
channels in order to ensure travel on September 21, 2011, and beyond.
WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service
throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted
into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named
one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in
Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live
seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 96
Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries
for an additional 39 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one
of the five most successful international airlines in the world.
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