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[Toronto Sun] The airport in Bathurst, N.B., has reopened and flights have resumed after a hazmat team cleared a package containing what was described as potentially radioactive material.

Air Canada aircraft are seen at Toronto Pearson International Airport, in this September 20, 2011 file photo. . REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files Air Canada aircraft are seen at Toronto Pearson International Airport, in this September 20, 2011 file photo. . REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files


A spokeswoman with the Bathurst Regional Airport said crew discovered the package was dented while being unloaded from an Air Canada flight Sunday at around 4 p.m.

Katherine Lanteigne says the airport went into lockdown and one departing flight was delayed, but it reopened about four hours later and after a police hazmat team determined the package was not ruptured.

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Toronto Sun
Sunday 21st February, 2016

[Vancouver Sun] Global aviation is on the runway to earn higher profits from a further increase in passengers in 2013 after demand grew by 5.3 per cent last year and planes flew with near record level of seats filled, an industry association said Thursday.

Air Canada to enjoy improved profits say analysts

Air Canada to enjoy improved profits say analysts. Picture: Wikipedia

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) also said cargo demand fell for a second consecutive year, dropping 1.5 per cent amid a weak global economy.

Passenger demand was below the 5.9 per cent increase set in 2011, but above the 20-year average of five per cent, while load factors for the year were near record levels of 79.1 per cent.

“We are entering 2013 with some guarded optimism,” stated IATA chief executive Tony Tyler, noting a more stable Eurozone and the U.S. avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff.

Fuel prices are expected to continue rising and GDP growth is forecast at just 2.3 per cent, but improved business confidence should help cargo markets to recover lost ground from 2012.

“2013 will not be a banner year for profitability, but we should see some improvement on 2012,” he added.

IATA expects global airline profits will increase to US$8.4 billion this year, from an estimated US$6.7 billion in 2012. However, net profit margins are low at around one per cent.

Canadian carriers Air Canada and WestJet Airlines are expected to enjoy improved profits, say industry analysts.

Chris Murray of PI Financial says Air Canada’s pre-tax operating income (EBITDAR) should surge 48 per cent to $240 million in the fourth quarter. He expects the Montreal-based airline will earn $22 million in fiscal 2012, rising to $172 million in 2013 and $198 million in 2014.

“We expect fiscal 2013 should continue to see ongoing improvements in earnings with strong traffic demand and stable fuel prices,” he wrote in a report.

Calgary-based WestJet is expected to see its earnings increase to 43 cents per share in the fourth quarter and $1.75 per share for the year, up from 26 cents and $1.06 per share respectively, said Jacques Kavafian of Toll Cross Securities.

“The big story at WestJet will be 2013 and 2014 with the introduction of premium economy and fare bundling, both initiatives, we expect to make significant earnings contribution,” he wrote.

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Ross Marowits,
The Canadian Press
Feb 1, 2013

[Times of India] NEW DELHI: There is no end to uncertainty in sight for passengers scheduled to fly Air India’s international flights.

The airline has sent doctors to some homes of the 160 pilots who have reported sick.  Photo: Wikipedia

The airline has sent doctors to some homes of the 160 pilots who have reported sick. Photo: Wikipedia

With aviation minister Ajit Singh terming the strike of erstwhile AI pilots ‘illegal’ and saying appropriate action would be taken, the management on Tuesday sacked 10 agitating pilots and derecognized Nationalist Congress Party-backed union, Indian Pilots Guild (IPG).

The airline has asked the agitating pilots to report to work by Tuesday evening. It also started sending doctors to the homes of some of the 160 pilots who have reported sick and are abstaining from flying since Monday night. Sources say that the number of layoffs could rise as the government is in no mood to buckle under IPG’s pressure.

ut the IPG, which is led by Maharashtra NCP MLA Jitendra Ahwad, is unrelenting. “The derecognition of IPG is undemocratic and just shows that the management is biased against erstwhile AI. Pilots of erstwhile Indian Airlines have gone on several strikes in the recent past but was their union, Indian Commercial Pilots Association, ever derecognized?” Ahwad, who holds a commercial pilots’ licence but is not a……

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May 8, 2012

[MACLEANS.CA] It is the country’s biggest and most dysfunctional airline, at war with its unions, losing money and protected by Ottawa. There may be only one way out.

The Air Canada back-to-work legislation only made a bad situation worse, fuelling more labour hostilities and chaos for passengers.

The Air Canada back-to-work legislation only made a bad situation worse, fuelling more labour hostilities and chaos for passengers: Photo Cole Garside

The Air Canada back-to-work legislation, passed March 14, was meant to spare Canadians from the nightmare, both personal and economic, of a crippling strike by ground workers and a lockout of pilots at the country’s biggest airline. So far, however, it’s only made a bad situation worse, fuelling more labour hostilities and chaos for passengers.

As they returned from March break, sun-seekers still faced long delays after an unusually large number of pilots called in sick. A few days later, dozens of flights were delayed or cancelled after angry baggage handlers in Toronto launched another wildcat strike—this time in apparent retaliation for Air Canada’s decision to discipline three workers who gave federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt a mocking “slow clap” as she strolled through Pearson’s airy concourse.

More recently, television viewers were treated to the spectacle of pilots’ union president Paul Strachan on the CBC issuing veiled warnings about the potential for deteriorating safety standards at his employer. Wearing full uniform, he suggested the bankruptcy of Aveos Fleet Performance Inc., the airline’s former maintenance arm and major maintenance provider, could lead to future aircraft repairs being done at low-cost facilities in El Salvador, where employees can be paid as little as $16,000 a year. “My question to you is: Is this the man you want maintaining the aircraft that you fly on so frequently?” said Strachan. “I suspect not.”

Air Canada threatened to fire Strachan, calling him “irresponsible” and stressing it had no plans to service its jets in Central America (although it didn’t rule it out either). In response, a small group of pilots staged an illegal “sick-out” last week, causing the cancellation of more than 40 flights across the country and throwing the travel plans of thousands into disarray. “As a result of trying to legislate away uncertainty, they’ve done exactly the opposite,” George Smith, an adjunct professor in the school of policy studies at Queen’s University, says of Ottawa’s actions. “I’m sure that people looking at travelling for their summer vacations are now looking at the situation and saying, ‘ABAC—Anything But Air Canada.’ ”

That’s the last thing the money-losing airline needs as it grapples with lower-cost rivals while being dragged down by $3.9 billion in long-term debt. As the labour disputes mount, shares of the beleaguered airline have fallen nearly 20 per cent since February and now trade at just 87 cents, compared to an IPO price of $21 just six years ago…..

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Chris Sorensen
Monday, April 23, 201

A sleepy Air Canada pilot who mistakenly believed his jet was about to crash into a US military plane forced a sudden dive that caused 16 injuries among passengers and crew on a transatlantic flight, a report says.

Seven of the injured were treated in the hospital on arrival in Zurich three hours later   Photo: AP

Seven of the injured were treated in the hospital on arrival in Zurich three hours later Photo: AP

The Transportation Safety Board report released on Monday describes the 46 seconds in which the plane dived and lurched back up during an overnight Air Canada flight from Toronto to Zurich in January 2011. Those hurt weren’t wearing seat belts, the report said.

According to the report, the plane’s first officer was napping during a rest period aimed at combating pilot fatigue when the captain’s report on their position woke him. At the same time, a US Air Force plane was approaching about 300 yards below. That set off cockpit alerts, which the captain mentioned to the first officer.

The “confused and disoriented” co-pilot at first mistook the planet Venus for the approaching plane, the report said. When he did spot it, he thought it was coming straight at them. He overrode the autopilot by forcefully pressing on the control column, pushing the jet into a dive.

Fourteen passengers and two flight attendants among the mostly 103 sleeping people aboard slammed into parts of the plane, getting cuts and bruises. The captain regained control as the US military plane passed safely and returned the plane to its cruising altitude.

“This occurrence underscores the challenge of managing fatigue on the flight deck,” Jon Lee, the investigator in charge, said in a statement.

Seven of the injured were treated in the hospital on arrival in Zurich three hours later….

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Source: agencies
17th April 2012

The CEO of Qatar Airways has said he is struggling to secure more landing rights to boost services to Canada.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. (AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. (AFP/Getty Images)

Akbar Al Baker said in a speech in Montreal that Canadians deserved a better airline service to the Middle East but government restrictions were hindering progress.

“Qatar is of course interested in forging even closer ties with Canada but we are struggling with being granted additional landing rights,” he said in comments pubished by Canada’s Globe and Mail.

“You Canadians deserve that. It clearly shows the need for more flights. More capacity and more frequency drive greater competition and have only positive economic impact for the benefit of both countries.”

Already, the three weekly flights launched last June are running ahead of expectations and travelling 85 percent full, he said. He added that that Qatar’s expansion efforts were not designed to undermine Air Canada, which has previously opposed any additional flights from Middle East-based rivals.

The Canadian carrier has complained that the partially state-owned Middle Eastern carriers benefit from an unfair advantage.

“Air Canada should not get worried of competition. Competition makes other airlines very strong,” Al Baker said.

Montreal is Qatar’s fourth North American gateway, in addition to Houston, New York and Washington. Last month, it was reported that relations between Canada and the UAE were back on track following a spat over airline landing rights two years ago.

Relations between the oil-rich UAE and Canada deteriorated rapidly after Canada’s transport agency refused to give Gulf carriers Etihad and Emirates new landing rights.

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By Andy Sambidge – Arabian Business News
Saturday, 14 April 2012

Air Canada has cancelled dozens of flights as pilots call in sick in an apparent protest over a labour row.

An earlier strike by baggage handlers and ground staff started at a Toronto airport

An earlier strike by baggage handlers and ground staff started at a Toronto airport

An intervention in the dispute last month from Canada’s government, that in effect banned any work stoppage, angered a number of employees.

As of Friday morning, at least 30 flights had been cancelled across major airports in Canada, mostly in Toronto, reported CBC News.

The Air Canada Pilots Association urged its union members to report to work. Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told CBC News a higher number of pilots than average were calling in sick.

But overall, he said, it was a “small group that has decided to engage in this illegal activity”.

The airline runs an average of 1,500 flights a day.

The industrial dispute is one of several Air Canada has had in recent months.

A wildcat strike by baggage handlers and ground staff on 23 March led to delays and cancellations.

Air Canada Pilots Association official Captain Jean-Marc Belanger wrote to pilots on Thursday calling on them to report to work, regardless of the current dispute.

Capt Belanger said healthy pilots calling in sick could face fines under the recently passed Protecting Air Service Act, which forbids unions to strike if they are in arbitration. In March, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt intervened in the contract talks, referring the company and union to the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

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BBC News
13 April 2012

(Reuters) – Canada’s airlines flew fuller planes in March, a busy travel month in Canada, despite labour unrest at Air Canada and higher fares at rival WestJet Airlines.

  • Air Canada load factor 81.5 pct vs. 79.5 pct
  • WestJet load factor 86.2 pct, vs. 84.8 pct
  • Porter up 10.2 points at 59.8 pct
Load factors up in March for top Canadian airlines

Load factors up in March for top Canadian airlines

Air Canada’s load factor – the percentage of available seats filled with paying customers – rose to 81.5 percent last month, from 79.5 percent last year. Traffic rose 4.8 percent, while capacity increased by only 2.2 percent.

The airline’s services were disrupted in March when its maintenance workers staged a brief wildcat strike, shortly after the federal government stepped in to avert a simultaneous strike and lock-out of maintenance workers and pilots respectively. WestJet, Canada’s No. 2 airline, said its load factor rose to 86.2 percent last month from 84.8 percent in March 2011, as demand remained strong despite fare increases. The airline flew nearly 104,000 more passengers this March as a 9 percent increase in traffic across its routes outflanked a 7 percent rise in capacity.

“We are very pleased with the market strength we’ve seen in March and system-wide demand remains healthy,” WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky said in a statement.

“The market has absorbed our growth and increased fare levels have helped offset higher fuel costs.”

March is typically a strong travel month as schools close for a week or two for spring break. Shares of Calgary, Alberta-based WestJet closed up 2.0 percent at C$13.62 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Air Canada, which reported traffic after the close, fell 1.1 percent to C$0.90.

Privately owned regional airline Porter said it set a record March load factor of 59.8 percent in March, up 10.2 points on the year.

Regional airline Porter had a record March load factor in March up 10.2 points on the year

Regional airline Porter had a record March load factor in March up 10.2 points on the year

The rise comes on the back of its development of seasonal leisure routes and a passenger base that travels year-round for business, Porter CEO Robert Deluce said.

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TORONTO— Reuters
Published Monday, Feb. 06, 2012