CALGARY, May 7, 2019 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced that tentative agreements have been reached between both WestJet and the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA) and WestJet Encore and CALDA.
"We are pleased that fair and balanced solutions have been reached between the company and both of our flight dispatch groups," said Jeff Martin, WestJet Chief Operations Officer. "We thank WestJet and WestJet Encore CALDA leadership for their continued commitment and dedication to achieving agreements that benefit both of our valued flight dispatch groups and the company as a whole."
"WestJet leadership recognizes that its flight dispatchers play an integral role in the safe operation of every WestJet flight," said Justin Jones, WestJet CALDA Chair. "Working collaboratively through this process created an agreement that balances the needs of our membership while taking care of the business to ensure the company's long-term success. On behalf of CALDA I would like to thank everyone that was a part of this process. We look forward to working together with the WestJet team to take care of our valued guests."
"We extend our thanks to the WestJet leadership team for their diligence and dedication in reaching a collective agreement," said Alexander Ritson, WestJet Encore, CALDA Chair. "WestJet Encore flight dispatchers make our company both safe and successful and this agreement invests in a team that proudly serves our guests and the company every day."
The tentative agreements are subject to final ratification by the parties.
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Together with WestJet's regional airline, WestJet Encore, we offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe and to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through our airline partnerships. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas. Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods, and have access to Member Exclusive fares offering deals to WestJet destinations throughout our network and those of our partner airlines.
WestJet is proud to be recognized for three consecutive years as Best Airline in Canada (2017-19) and awarded among travellers' favorite Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (2019). From 2017-2018, WestJet was also awarded among travellers' favourite Mid-Sized and Low-Cost Airlines in North America. The airline was also recognized among the Economy Class winners in North America, 2018. All awards are based on authentic reviews from the travelling public on TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. We are one of very few airlines globally that does not commercially overbook.
Recent recognition includes:
2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2018/2017 Winner Among Mid-Sized and Low Cost Airlines – North America (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2018 Winner – Economy, North America (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada)
2018 North America's Best Low-Cost Airline (Skytrax)
2018/2017/2016 Canada's Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)
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