Media Advisory - Air Canada impact of layoffs on Vancouver travellers

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Air Canada flight attendants will be
available to speak to media following a Union meeting tomorrow (Friday,
September 19) at 1 p.m.
    Flight attendants are concerned that the airline's plan to lay off
300 flight attendants in Vancouver is a first step that will seriously affect
flights leaving from Vancouver.
    A CUPE study of the viability of closing the bases in Halifax and
Winnipeg is also raising suspicions that the airline is planning a major
downsizing of flights across Canada. The study found that closing the bases
and laying off attendants in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Halifax could cost the
airline over $2 million a year.
    A large number of the fight attendants being laid off are Asian language
qualified and this will affect the ability of Air Canada to service the Asian
market from the Vancouver hub.
    Also, this lay off will inevitably compromise Air Canada's ability to
meet the transport requirements necessary to support the 2010 Winter Olympics
in Vancouver.
    Members of CUPE 4094, Air Canada Flight Attendants, say the negative
impact on flights to Asia has already begun.

    When:     Friday, September 19th at 1:00 p.m.

    Where:    International Airline Machinists Union Hall 7980 River Road in

    Who:      Air Canada Flight Attendants and NDP MP Peter Julian will be
              available for comment.


For further information:

For further information: Contacts: Faye Douglas, acting president CUPE
4094: (604) 551-0298; Rob Limongelli, CUPE representative: (778) 773-1273;
Janet Szliske, CUPE Communications: (604) 454-7293; Antonius Lam (CUPE 4094)
(604) 760-7024 is available for interviews in Mandarin and Cantonese

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