We’re about to see chaos in the skies (or at least at the airports) next week as Air Canada is set to lock out its pilots on Monday, the same day that its mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents will be going on strike. If you plan on flying Air Canada anytime soon, good luck. I just hope they get this all resolved by the end of April, as I require their services to get to Pittsburgh on the 22nd of next month.
Obviously, people are upset. You could say they’re mad as hell, and they’re not gonna take it anymore. Thus, amidst a barrage of laughable typos and some truly awful spelling, there seems to be a fairly widespread belief on the CTV website that Air Canada needs to cede the airways to the private sector, which I find kinda funny.
Newsflash: Air Canada is a private corporation. Its stock currently trades at a whopping 93 cents a share on the TSX. Not everything with the word Canada in it is funded by our tax dollars, y’know. Mind you, until WestJet starts servicing non-resort U.S. destinations and Porter equips itself with larger planes to handle longer flights, I’ll keep giving my money to Air Canada—it just won’t be automatically deducted from my paycheque. (Besides, thinking of all those wasted Aeroplan Miles that would be unredeemable on any other airline makes me shudder…)