Air Canada’s flight attendants served strike notice Friday meaning they can hit the picket line at 12:01am Wednesday morning.
Talks are continuing between the airline and the union representing the flight attendants but according to a Reuters report cited by TravelInfo.ca although the two sides have made some progress they are still not close to agreeing on a new deal. Mediators appointed by the federal government are taking part in the negotiations.
If no deal is reached and flight attendants hit the picket line Air Canada says it will operate a partial schedule including codeshare flights.
Labour Minister Lisa Raitt plans to meet with both sides.
If the strike does go ahead it is expected that the federal government will bring in back to work legislation.
In light of the strike notice the airline is allowing customers booked for travel over the next six days on a rolling window basis (September 16-21, 17-22, etc.) to change their booking, free of charge to an earlier or later date until December 9, 2011, subject to seat availability.
Customers wishing to change flights purchased directly through Air Canada are asked to use the online Self Service Rebooking Tool. Customers can also contact Air Canada Reservations; however wait times are longer than usual due to increased call volumes. Customers who booked through a travel agent must contact their agent directly.
We’ll keep you posted here on the latest developments.