Strike threat produces double benefits for travell

Last week’s threat of a crippling strike by Air Canada’s flight attendants has produced some good news for travellers, as well as extra pension benefits for employees. Air Canada is coming under increasing scrutiny by the travelling pubic, who some say are getting weary of the airline’s far from stellar labor relations record.

A pilot’s strike last fall, the recent threat of a flight attendant’s strike, and upcoming talks with ground workers (who are already grumbling that the flight attendant’s deal is a just a starting point for them) has prompted Air Canada to announce a new seat sale that began on Friday. Canadian Airlines immediately announced that it will match Air Canada’s seat sale prices, restrictions and dates of travel for destinations served by both airlines.

The double airline sale offers reduced fares by 15-25% on selected routes. The sale begins Friday July 9, 1999 and continues until Monday July 19, 1999, for travel beginning as early as July 16, 1999. All travel to most Canada, U.S. and international destinations must be completed by September 23, 1999. Prices and booking conditions vary according to destination.

“What better way to thank our customers r their patience and understanding during our recent period of labour uncertainty than to offer a selection of great summer savings,” said Danielle Poudrette, Vice President, Marketing at Air Canada.

The travelling public agrees wholeheartedly, especially when competitors get in the game.