OTTAWA, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) issued the following
statement in response to the Canadian Transportation Agency's (CTA's)
recent decision to approve Sunwing Airlines Inc.'s applications for wet
lease of foreign aircraft and pilots through spring 2014.
"ALPA has long advocated for the establishment of a formal Canadian wet
lease policy to help level the playing field for all Canadian air
carriers and to ensure that Canadian pilots benefit from Canadian
aviation job opportunities. So, when Transport Minister Lisa Raitt
announced the government's first-ever policy imposing limits on wet
leasing in the aviation industry in August, ALPA welcomed the new
policy as an important step toward reaching that goal.
"The policy caps a Canadian air carrier's use of aircraft wet-leased
from a foreign company at a maximum of 20 percent of the number of
Canadian-registered aircraft on its air operator certificate (AOC) at the time the wet lease application is made. Yet, the Canadian Transportation Agency chose not to follow the new
policy when it approved Sunwing's applications to wet lease a total of
five aircraft—a request that far exceeds the 20 percent cap, given that
there were 12 aircraft on the company's AOC at the time the
applications were filed.
"ALPA is dismayed that the agency did not heed the clear wording of the
new policy in approving the first application governed by it. Despite
the CTA's acknowledgment that Sunwing's request exceeded the 20 percent
cap, the agency based its approval on a commitment by Sunwing to have a
total of 27 aircraft listed on its AOC during the period the wet lease
aircraft would be operated. It is shameful that the agency made a
determination based on a future promise when the policy clearly states
that decisions should be based on the present situation.
"ALPA calls on the CTA to apply the policy as intended by its clear
wording when considering future requests. ALPA will continue to monitor
the decisions of the CTA to ensure they comply with the policy, and
will continue to promote government policies and practices that benefit
Canadian pilots and provide them with job opportunities."
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world's largest pilot union, representing
nearly 50,000 pilots at 32 airlines in the United States and Canada,
including the 2,800 Canadian flightcrew members who fly for Air
Transat, Bearskin, Calm Air, Canadian North, CanJet, First Air, Jazz
Aviation, 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 President, 613/293-0882, Dan.Adamus@alpa.org