WESTJET MECHANICS STRIKE CALLED OFF FOR NOW AS PEARSON'S BUSY SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON BEGINS

Jun 20, 2024

By Jane Brown

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There will be no strike by hundreds of unionized aircraft mechanics at WestJet on Thursday night.

The threat of a walkout at the Calgary-based air carrier was dropped overnight from Wednesday to Thursday after representatives with both sides agreed to return to the bargaining table while an arbitration request is sorted out.

This comes as good news as the busy summer travel season gets underway at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

“June is a busy month, but July and August are our busiest months through to September,” Sean Davidson of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority tells CP24, “About 162,000 passengers per day which is an 8 percent increase from last year and if you picture that, it’s the entire city of Barrie coming through our airport every single day here, but the airport is ready to handle the busyness.”

As for why there is an 8-percent increase in air travel at Pearson Airport this year over last, “We’re seeing travel trends with a lot of people going to Europe this summer. We’re seeing Paris, Rome and London as top destinations internationally,” Davidson explained, “Domestically, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal are really popular, but we’re also seeing a lot of people who are wanting to go down south in the summer. Cancun, Punta Cana are still in the top 10 list of places people are going this summer.”

Davidson also encourages travellers to take advantage of YYZ Express, a digital tool that allows you to book your spot in a special security line.

WestJet passengers meantime, are encouraged to check the status of their flights before going to the airport today.

But again, the threat of a strike Thursday night by WestJet mechanics has been averted for now.

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