Air Canada has been notified by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers of intent to strike on Monday, March 12 after the carrier rejected a unanimous agreement recommended by the union. The IAMAW represents nearly 8600 baggage handlers, cargo agents and mechanics and would cause considerable inconvenience staging a strike during Spring Break. Airline representatives appear optimistic that there is still time to work out a mutually beneficial contract. To avoid long waits for a live representative, ticketed passengers are cautioned to check the Air Canada website for flight status and check-in via self-service options available online. (Eturbonews.com, March 8)
Air Canada is Canada’s largest full-service airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. transborder market and in the international market to and from Canada. This year, ranked ‘Best International Airline in North America’ in a worldwide survey of 18.8 million air travelers as announced at the Skytrax World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show.¬ÝThis annual survey is regarded in the air transportation industry as a primary benchmarking tool for passenger satisfaction levels of airlines throughout the world. Air Canada was voted the Best International Airline in North America and for the second year in a row
Air Canada has introduced new flights from Toronto to four American cities, Memphis, TN, Cincinnati, OH, Portland, ME and Syracuse, NY.
Delta Air Lines has received final approval from the Chinese government to launch nonstop flights between Seattle and Beijing, beginning June 4. (Eturbonews.com, May 18)
Haiti’s Port-au-Prince, airport will reopen to major commercial carriers on Friday, Feb. 19 after closing for more than a month to manage air traffic devoted solely to disaster relief work. This small airport which received only a few flights daily prior to the earthquake experienced 120 military planes landing daily at the peak of relief efforts. An American Airlines flight will be the first to land followed by Air Canada and Air France. (Airwise.com, Feb. 15)