The President and CEO of WestJet ed Sims said that the threat of strikes by their pilots left behind. He said that the Union and the administration of the airline agreed to the settlement, in which will participate a mediator from the state.
WestJet and pilots Association air lines (ALPA) agreed to use final and binding arbitration if necessary.
“We are happy that the strike was averted, and grateful to the government for them played a role in providing mediation and arbitration,” said Sims.
“The people of Canada, I can only say that they can book flights with absolute confidence that their travel plans will not be thwarted by any strikes”, – he added.
Pilots have the official right to go on strike as early as last Saturday, but decided not to spoil passengers with the celebration of Victoria Day and to do a good deed.
In ALPA included 1,500 pilots of WestJet.
Sims stressed that to fully solve the issue with the pilots they will try by the end of June. He also added that the uncertainty management is whether the strike has cost the company tens of millions of dollars. Since the announcement about the possibility of a strike, ticket sales plummeted.
In WestJet said the negotiating team was focused on getting a sustainable agreement that will benefit pilots, WestJet customers and the company as a whole.
The company also promised to pay the money to the passengers in case of cancellations due to the strike.