Canadian airline WestJet canceled several of its flights scheduled just before the long weekend due to an issue with pilots preparing to go on strike.
So the country’s second-largest airline has decided to ground most of its Boeing 737s and 787s ahead of a possible strike by its pilots fighting for better wages, Bloomberg reported.
The move comes at a typically busy time for airlines in Canada. Negotiations are still ongoing, but no compromise has been reached and the deadline is Friday at 5 a.m. Toronto time.
WestJet Link and WestJet Encore, which use smaller aircraft for refueling flights, will continue to operate. However, the paralysis would affect WestJet’s low-cost arm, Swoop.
The Airmen deplore the “unreasonable salary which may have permanent and detrimental consequences for the group’s financial viability,” we read in a press release.
Thus, more than 1,800 pilots claim salaries close to those of their American peers. Remember that in February, Delta Airlines agreed to a 34% wage increase, as part of a new four-year contract.
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