WestJet has officially walked away from negotiations with the federal government without a federal bailout following the federal government handing out $5.9 billion to Air Canada.
Cabinet had promised in a January 15 letter to “ensure Canadians get refunds for air travel cancelled due to the pandemic.”
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland approved the purchase of $500 million in Air Canada shares after Parliament privatized the carrier 33 years ago.
The Transport department had feared “economic consequences” if airlines were forced to refund travelers whose flights were cancelled.
Without decisive action, Canada’s air transport system could emerge from COVID-19 in a much weaker state,” a cabinet-appointed Industry Strategy Council wrote in a December 11...
CEO Ed Sims said Friday the government's decision to approve the $180-million deal will mean less choice and higher fares for Canadian travellers.
Westjet grounding more flights and laying off 1,000 employees, due to cancellations resulting from new Liberal pre-flight COVID-19 test requirement
Feds give some of the 55.42 billion COVID-Bucks to foreign companies, including three Chinese state-owned airlines - like Cathay Pacific who had closed operations in Canada
A source known to the Western Standard contacted the publication shortly after landing in Winnipeg saying the plane's 134 passengers and crew would be delayed due...