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  1. 7 Air Transat flight crew members have coronavirus: airline 28 March 2020Canadian Aviation News News provided by Toronto City News – link to any updates BY NEWS STAFF, POSTED MAR 28, 2020 An Air Transat plane is seen as an Air Canada plane lands at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal on Thursday, May 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Summary Five flight attendants and two front crew members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus One crew member was from Toronto, the rest are based in Montreal 225 employees are in self-quarantine, the airline said. Air Transat says five flight attendants and two front crew members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Montreal-based airline said out of the positive cases, one was from Toronto and rest were based out of Montreal. Around 225 employees are in self-quarantine, Christophe Hennebelle, vice-president, human resources and corporate affairs, said Saturday. “[The] numbers are varying every day, with flight crew members being released from quarantine (whenever there is exposure, the entire back crew is quarantined),” Hennebelle said in an email to CityNews. Hennebelle said that they are sending a plane to pick up three crew members that are stuck in Portugal. “One of the infected flight attendants and one of the pilots (and his copilot) were stuck in Portugal, so we have had to dispatch a special A321LR flight to Lisbon to bring them back home,” he said. “I want to reiterate our heartfelt thanks to our employees who are working tirelessly, with little concern for their personal wellbeing, to bring everybody back home,” he added. “Our repatriation operations will be over on April 1.” Share this:
  2. Unless of course that WestJet is looking to take them? But I guess MD2 may be closer to that action.
  5. Report of the Commissioner of Competition - Transat reiterates its confidence in the transaction with Air Canada, which is currently undergoing a public interest assessment by the federal government NEWS PROVIDED BY Transat A.T. Inc. Mar 27, 2020, 17:38 ET "We must look at the Competition Bureau report with a bit of perspective, and not draw any direct conclusions from it with regard to the final decision." – Jean-Marc Eustache MONTREAL, March 27, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Transat A.T. Inc. has taken note of the Competition Bureau's advisory report, made public today. This report does not affect the company's confidence in the transaction with Air Canada, which will produce many long-term benefits for all stakeholders. With the transaction now the subject of a public interest assessment being conducted by Transport Canada, the report of the Commissioner of Competition will be one of the elements of a broader analysis that will include stakeholders' proposals for fostering competition, the findings of the public consultations, and an analysis of the transaction's positive impacts on travellers, employment, tourism and the international positioning of Canadian businesses. The Transport Canada assessment will be submitted to Honourable Marc Garneau, Transport Minister, in early May. "We must look at the Competition Bureau report with a bit of perspective, and not draw any direct conclusions from it with regard to the final decision," says Transat President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc Eustache. "The Commissioner's role is limited to studying the impacts on competition in the marketplace; in other words, identifying potential difficulties, without necessarily contemplating what solutions or mitigation measures might be implemented, and without taking the public interest more broadly into account. Transport Canada's assessment will provide a more comprehensive overview of the nuts and bolts of the transaction and of all the benefits for the Canadian public and economy." Mr. Eustache concludes: "Particularly against the background of the COVID-19 crisis, our transaction requires a broad perspective that takes into account the company's future, the protection of jobs, the advantages for travellers and the interests of all our other stakeholders, including our investors, our partners, and the communities where we operate." Transat had very little time to study or respond to the advisory report's conclusions and did not have access to the documents or studies on which it is based, nor even to the identity of all of their authors. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently having a devastating impact on the operations of the world's airlines is calling into question the relevance of any analysis conducted prior to its outbreak, as the Bureau itself points out. Nevertheless, Transat wishes to reiterate that the international air transportation market is increasingly integrated and highly competitive and experiences constant capacity fluctuations that cause price fluctuations. The new company envisioned by the merger would remain a modest player in this market dominated by large international airlines that also operate on routes between Europe and Canada. In the context of the rebuilding of the market following the current crisis, the existence of such a player in Quebec and Canada would be a major asset. Transat also believes that the report takes inadequate account of the prominence of the existing players in their home markets, the market's receptiveness to newly arriving players and the role of indirect and multimodal routes, particularly where leisure travel is concerned. The merger of Transat and Air Canada, two complementary travel companies, will improve customers' choices and opportunities. Travellers will be benefit from access to new destinations, more flight connections and frequencies, reduced connection times and a greater selection of holiday travel options. This merger will produce a company that is more efficient and competitive internationally, for the benefit of all Canadians. If the required regulatory approvals are obtained and the conditions fulfilled, the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of the 2020 calendar year. On March 18, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Transat announced the gradual suspension of all of its flights until April 30. Last Monday, the company confirmed that it has temporarily laid off 70% of its employees in the past week. SOURCE Transat A.T. Inc.
  6. I imagine this also applies to flight crews. I wonder what will happen to those who have some symptoms and who are not at their home base. The devil as always will be in the details. Canadians with COVID-19 symptoms to be denied boarding on domestic flights, trains: PM Jackie Staff Writer @JaclynLDunham Contact Published Saturday, March 28, 2020 11:25AM EDT TORONTO -- As of Monday at noon, Canadians who show any symptoms of COVID-19 will be barred from boarding all domestic flights and trains. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Saturday morning from outside of his home at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa.
  7. Canadian flight crews demand protective suits as more than a dozen fall ill with COVID-19 Death of U.S. flight attendant sparks fear, frustration among Canadian crews Dave Seglins, Linda Guerriero, Laura Clementson · CBC News · Posted: Mar 28, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 31 minutes ago A flight attendant for a Canadian airline, whom CBC has agreed not to name, wants more personal protective equipment for air crews during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Evan Mitsui/CBC) More than a dozen Canadian flight attendants are sick with COVID-19, with one recently released from an intensive care unit in Calgary, CBC News has learned. Many airline crews remain on the job as international and domestic flights continue to take thousands of Canadians home during the global pandemic. But flight crews and their unions are becoming increasingly vocal in demanding better protective equipment, including protective suits or gowns, and mandatory testing for COVID-19. "I've asked several times, 'Why are we not wearing hazmat suits?' Other airlines are wearing hazmat suits," a flight attendant who works for a major Canadian airline told CBC News. "We are on the front line and we are exposed to people from all around the world. We have connections from all over the world." CBC News agreed not to publish her name or that of her employer, as she is not authorized to speak publicly. Ukraine International Airlines uses suits and goggles to protect flight crews. (Supplied by a flight attendant) Protective suits and goggles are now required equipment for crew on Ukraine International Airlines, a measure of how far some in the airline industry are going to protect workers during the global emergency. Canada's airlines are now required to provide gloves, masks, wipes and sanitizer to employees. Wearing the gear is optional, except when handling food. Illness in Canada WestJet confirms seven of its employees have COVID-19, and Air Transat says four of its flight attendants and one pilot are sick. Air Canada, which has a much larger workforce and operates the most flights, declined to say whether any of its employees had tested positive. However, sources tell CBC News that a number of Air Canada employees are ill, with clusters in Western Canada and Calgary, where at least one employee had been hospitalized. How sick Canadian travellers are masking COVID-19 symptoms to get through airport screening Flight cancelled from COVID-19? Airlines owe you a voucher — but not a refund, CTA says In the U.S., a 65-year-old American Airlines flight attendant died of COVID-19 this week, highlighting the risks flight crews face while helping to get passengers home. Call for protective gowns Crews on Canadian airlines remain in close quarters in the sky and find it impossible to keep the standard two-metre distance that health officials recommend for the general public. While regular meal services have been shut down, flight staff still come into close contact with passengers. "They're walking by me as they're boarding the plane. Definitely isn't a six-foot distance," the flight attendant told CBC News. Air Canada's main flight attendant union says some of the supplies being provided don't fit properly and that it is time crews be provided with full-length protective gowns. Wesley Lesosky, president of the Air Canada component of CUPE, says crew members currently do not have the proper personal protective equipment to wear while flying with passengers during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Zoom/CBC) "We need the equipment; we need it yesterday," said Wesley Lesosky, president of the Air Canada component of CUPE. "We don't have properly fitted N95 masks, we don't have properly fitted gloves and we don't have things such as disposable long-sleeve isolation gowns that should be made available to our crews." He said the union looked into the feasibility of hazmat suits but concluded disposable gowns would be easier for crews in tight quarters and pose less risk for contamination and spreading the virus. Soap and water to fight COVID-19 not available on all Canadian flights Sunwing laying off 1,500 flight staff, including pilot with COVID-19 In a statement, Air Canada told CBC News the crisis is an "evolving situation" and that as the understanding of COVID-19 increases, the company expects to take additional measures. But the union is calling on the federal government to move quickly. "It has to be government intervention to say enough is enough. We need to ensure these people are properly protected. The airlines are trying their best, but obviously it's not good enough," Lesosky said. WestJet says seven of its employees have COVID-19. Air Transat says four of its flight attendants and one pilot are sick. Air Canada declined to say when asked by CBC News. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press) The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) declined to say whether it would mandate protective suits. "PHAC has provided guidance on hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and for disinfection and sanitation practices for airlines," a spokesperson said in an email. 'This is what I do' Numerous flight attendants have told CBC News and are sharing messages with each other on social media that they are proud to be helping during the global health emergency but feel helpless to protect themselves. The unnamed flight attendant quoted in this story recalled a recent repatriation flight where passengers clapped when the plane landed in Canada and thanked the crew for its efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. Canada’s airlines are now required to offer crews gloves, masks, wipes and hand sanitizer. (Evan Mitsui/CBC) "One man, I'll never forget his face. He ... looked right at me and he said, 'You're my hero!'" she recalled. "I got emotional. I started to cry under my mask." Such moments make her realize the importance of the role she and her colleagues are playing in getting Canadians home, she said. "People keep saying, 'Stay safe. You're crazy for doing this.' And I say, 'Well, no, I have to do this. This is what I do. I'm lucky to have a job.'" Send tips to
  8. WESTJET – Update 27 March 2020 27 March 2020Canadian Aviation News Provided directly from WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership Through these consistent updates, we are committed to providing you with the most up-to-date and accurate information available. We are also posting to the WestJet blog and social media channels regularly. The following links may also be helpful: Aircraft Cleaning and Sanitization Blog Latest travel advisories and policies Q&A for guests COVID-19 Affected Flights Coronavirus Main Landing Page WestJet flight status AFFECTED FLIGHTS – visit the blog (updated) We have made updates to our affected flights blog so it is more user friendly. The changes now enable you to search by city Moving forward this page will be updated once daily by 5 p.m. MT with any new information here: Please note, as per our process, we are only able to update the blog once we have verified WestJetters have been notified. Share this:
  9. My grandmother was a victim in 1917, she died at an early age leaving my Father (WHO WAS 5) and his siblings in the Cypress Hills of Sask, my grandfather survived. She was, as most women were, helping to take care of those who had come down with the flu.
  10. Are you sure and if so why? What about the routes / gates that WestJet is shutting down and of course their competition with "real ' low cost Canadian Airlines?
  11. No more that all airlines ......
  14. Air North to lay off more than half of its employees Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Email Reddit LinkedIn Yukon airline could reduce service to 2 daily flights — one to Vancouver, and one to points north Dave Croft · CBC News · Posted: Mar 26, 2020 2:47 PM CT | Last Updated: 3 hours ago Air North president Joe Sparling says the airline will reduce staff and flights because of the coronavirus. He says that will put the company where it was about 16 years ago. (Submitted by Air North) 0 comments Yukon's Air North expects to temporarily lay off more than half of its employees because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Company president Joe Sparling said Thursday its full complement of employees in Yukon and Vancouver is about 400 people. That will soon be down to about 150 in the territory, he said. He said the company's contracts with other air carriers to provide ground handling at the Vancouver airport have all been suspended. "At this point, we're looking during the month of April, perhaps one jet flight a day and one turboprop aircraft flight a day. So we're going to be back to 2004 size in about a week here," Sparling said. The jet flight will be from Whitehorse to Vancouver and back. Air North's scheduled service to Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna and Victoria is suspended. Air North puts on brave face as COVID-19 rocks airline industry Sparling said Thursday's flight to Vancouver had 26 passengers, with 84 people on the return flight. The turboprop flight that will continue daily goes from Whitehorse to Dawson City and Old Crow in northern Yukon, and Inuvik, N.W.T. Sparling says taxes and fees paid by airlines in recent months should be returned to help them get through the COVID-19 pandemic. (CBC) None of the flight crew employees have been laid off, Sparling said. He said the pilots and flight attendants have set up a work share program that's resulted in less flights and hours for each of them. Staff in the catering unit are starting up a side business to prepare and deliver meals to potential customers in Whitehorse, said Sparling. He said the layoffs are terrible for the airline's employees and their families. Some are taking voluntary layoffs, he said. Other employees are working at home. The goal for the airline now, he said, is to cover at least wages and fuel costs with the fares paid by passengers. That still leaves the cost of overhead, he said. Sparling wants governments to return taxes and fees that have been paid by airlines in recent months. He is representing the transport industry on the Yukon government's new COVID-19 Business Advisory Council. Sparling said Air North's full complement of employees in Yukon and Vancouver is about 400 people. That will soon be down to about 150, in Yukon. (Murray Lundberg) Asked about complaints that there's not enough distancing on Air North flights, Sparling said it's a difficult issue. "We have the choice, if we want to provide distancing, we've got to tell a whole bunch of the people that they've got to wait another two days to come home — and that's not going to go over well," he said. Yukon confirms 3rd case of COVID-19, says territory's top doctor COVID-19 testing centre up and running in Whitehorse But he said, with plummeting numbers it won't be a problem for long. Sparling said Air North will soon be selling a maximum of 80 seats on the 120-seat aircraft.
  15. Posted 1 hour ago So 66 % of the population is obese, and 60 % of the people in intensive care are obese. .., So where is the story? since 3 out of 5 Canadians are over weight, the field is open. No matter the age....
  16. WestJet is similar. gone are the days of full service economy and extra special first class. Too damn bad.
  17. There have been some posts that suggest this virus was man made and either escaped from containment or was released. For those and others you might want to read a fictional novel published in 1999 and in particular pay attention to the writing of something called "The Project". It is available from most Libraries in an eBook format and so will help you deal with "self isolation". Rainbow Six by Clancy, Tom
  18. Order No. 2020-A-36 March 25, 2020 APPLICATION by Air Canada also carrying on business as Air Canada rouge and as Air Canada Cargo (Air Canada), pursuant to subsection 80(1) of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C. 1996, c. 10, as amended (CTA), for a temporary exemption from the advance notice requirements of section 64 of the CTA. Case number: 20-02973 BACKGROUND On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization assessed the outbreak of COVID-19 as a pandemic. Since the outbreak of the virus, a number of countries, including Canada, have issued travel bans, restrictions, or advisories. On March 18, Air Canada applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for a temporary exemption from the provisions of section 64 of the CTA to permit it to suspend the operation of air services between points in Canada, as it considers necessary, without having to provide the normal 120 days of notice and engage in the consultations required by the CTA and the Air Transportation Regulations, SOR/88-58, as amended (ATR). LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK Section 64 of the CTA requires, in part, that a licensee not implement a proposal to discontinue a domestic service referred to in subsection 64(1) of the CTA until the expiry of 120 days, or any shorter notice period that the Agency may specify by order, and that the licensee provide elected officials of the relevant municipal or local government with an opportunity to meet with the licensee to discuss the impacts of the proposed reduction or discontinuation of service. Subsection 14(1) of the ATR provides that, for the purposes of subsection 64(1) of the CTA, a licensee proposing to discontinue or to reduce the frequency of a domestic service shall give notice of the proposal to the Agency, the Minister of Transport and the minister responsible for transportation in the province or territory where the area to be affected is located. Additionally, the licensee is required to advise holders of domestic licences operating in the area to be affected by the proposal and the persons resident therein, by publishing a notice in newspapers with the largest circulation in that area in each official language. SUBMISSIONS BY AIR CANADA Air Canada states that as a result of the magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis, it must manage the financial viability of its network, and that doing so may require suspension or cancellation of routes between two points in Canada. Air Canada further states that, because of the fluidity of the COVID-19 crisis, it seeks a blanket exemption from the provisions of section 64 of the CTA because there is simply no time to publish the prescribed public notices and undertake the associated consultations. Air Canada submits that in the current circumstances, it is impossible and impractical to comply with the notice and consultation provisions. Air Canada requests that the authorization remain in effect until the end of the COVID-19 crisis or until such time as the Agency sees fit. In light of the urgent nature of the situation, Air Canada requests expedited treatment of the present application. ANALYSIS AND DETERMINATION The exemption request, if granted, would temporarily permit Air Canada to reduce or discontinue domestic air services immediately on routes where it would normally be required to provide a 120‑day advance notice and engage with local officials. The notice provisions required by the CTA are intended to ensure that communities with limited air service, including remote communities, are made aware enough in advance of any proposed reductions in or discontinuances of air services to their community, in order to permit them to plan for the event, including potentially seeking alternative air carriers to provide air services. Carriers operating in the area are also made aware and can consider whether to provide replacement air services. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is significant and continues to evolve as air carriers try to adjust to travel restrictions and rapidly dropping passenger volumes and revenues. The Agency finds that in light of the extraordinary circumstances related to the COVID‑19 pandemic and the urgency of the situation, compliance by Air Canada and other air carriers with section 64 is impractical at the present time. That said, the Agency also finds that it would not be desirable to permit the permanent, as opposed to temporary, discontinuation of domestic air services without advance notice and consultation. CONCLUSION Pursuant to section 28 and paragraph 80(1)(c) of the CTA, the Agency exempts all air carriers who hold a domestic licence from the provisions of section 64 of the CTA until April 30, 2020, on the condition that once the exemption ends, air carriers who have taken advantage of the exemption to temporarily reduce or suspend services on certain routes will immediately resume those services and follow all of the requirements of section 64 of the CTA if they wish to reduce or eliminate any services on a permanent basis. In addition, the exemption may be lifted by the Agency in respect of a particular route or community, should the Agency find that as a result of the exemption, the cessation of service on a certain route has caused or is likely to cause a community to become so isolated that it does not have access to critical services and goods. In such an instance, service would have to resume and the carrier providing the service would be required to comply with section 64 before discontinuing it. On or before April 30, 2020, the Agency will determine if the exemption should end on that date or be extended to a later date. Member(s) Scott Streiner Elizabeth C. Barker
  19. Determination No. A-2020-47 March 25, 2020 DETERMINATION by the Canadian Transportation Agency relating to COVID-19 pandemic – Additional temporary exemptions to certain provisions of the Air Passenger Protection Regulations, SOR/2019-150 (APPR) and extension of the temporary exemption period. Case number: 20-03254 [1] On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization assessed the outbreak of COVID-19 as a pandemic. [2] On March 13, 2020, the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) found in Determination No. A‑2020‑42 that it is undesirable that carriers be obligated to follow certain requirements of the APPR in these circumstances. [3] Specifically, in the context of the significant declines in passenger volumes and disruptions to air carrier operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agency granted temporary exemptions from APPR requirements related to compensation for inconvenience and to rebooking with competitors, to provide air carriers with increased flexibility to adjust flight schedules without facing prohibitive costs. [4] To allow air carriers to continue focusing on immediate and urgent operational demands, including bringing Canadians home from abroad, the Agency considers it temporarily undesirable for air carriers to have to meet the APPR’s 30-day deadline to respond to passengers’ claims for the payment of compensation for inconvenience. [5] Further, considering that the major impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the air sector are unlikely to be resolved by April 30, 2020, the Agency finds it appropriate to extend the duration of the exemptions in Determination No. A-2020-42. ORDER [6] Pursuant to subsection 80(1) of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c. 10, as amended, the Agency orders that all air carriers be exempted from the requirement under subsection 19(4) of the APPR to respond to requests for compensation, on the condition that air carriers respond to such requests within 120 day of the expiry of this order. [7] This Order is effective immediately and will remain valid until June 30, 2020. [8] The Agency further orders that the exemptions granted by Determination No. A‑2020-42 remain valid until June 30, 2020. [9] Exemptions granted under this determination and Determination No. A-2020-42 may be extended by a further determination of the Agency, if required.
  20. Source? How come you are only asking the question of Conservative Pilots, is it a given that Liberal Pilots would be in agreement with giving up their hospital beds?
  22. Air Canada strikes deal with union to furlough up to 600 pilots 24 March 2020Canadian Aviation News News provided by The Globe and Mail – link to full story and updates JEFF LEWIS AND ALLISON LAMPERT, TORONTO AND MONTREAL, REUTERS – PUBLISHED MARCH 24, 2020 Air Canada has reached an agreement that would allow the airline to furlough up to 600 pilots because of plummeting traffic due to coronavirus, according to a letter from the union reviewed by Reuters on Tuesday. Air Canada, the country’s largest carrier, is slashing capacity due to the collapse in travel demand from the coronavirus outbreak which has forced many governments to impose travel restrictions. The agreement covers six months from April through the end of September, according to the letter dated March 23. Air Canada did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Carriers are making unprecedented cuts to flights, costs and staffing while stepping up calls for emergency aid from governments to save jobs. Canada is working on a financial aid package for the country’s struggling airlines. Global passenger capacity fell by 35% last week, the worst since the start of the crisis, according to data from airline schedules firm OAG, which said deeper cuts were likely in the coming weeks. Air Canada reached the agreement as its April schedule was reduced by 80% and the carrier has suspended its leisure service Rouge, the union letter said. The deal “represents our best efforts to balance our responsibility to our members, alongside the requirement for the company to reduce its costs as quickly as possible in line with the schedule reduction and for its long-term viability.” Pilots on furlough continue to accrue seniority and would be later recalled in order of seniority. Air Canada shares were up about 17% in late morning trade, but still down about 70% this year. Air Canada Pilots Association, which represents 4,400 members, said in a statement on Tuesday that the agreement would reduce pay across the group, simplify contract language to allow pilots to retire earlier and provide “for orderly redundancies” up to a maximum of 600 positions in the coming months. “Due to the complexity of pilot training, the precise number of positions immediately affected is still unclear and we will be working with Air Canada in the coming days and weeks to better understand the situation,” said Captain Michael McKay, Chair, Air Canada Pilots Association, in the statement. Share this: