Status of negotiations – as of Tuesday, May 16 at 4:00 p.m. MT
WestJet has issued the following statement regarding the strike notification put forth by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) representing WestJet and Swoop pilots.
In response to this notification, a work stoppage could occur as early as Friday, May 19 at 3 a.m. MST.
Status of operations – as of Tuesday, May 16 at 4:00 p.m. MT
At this time, there is no impact to WestJet’s operations. In the event of a work a stoppage, should flight delays and/or cancellations occur, WestJet has provided additional flexibility for guests travelling between May 15 – 21, 2023.
Details of delays and cancellations and associated changes will be sent directly to impacted guests via the email provided at the time of booking and guests are advised to visit https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/guest-updates for more information.
When is the earliest a work stoppage could occur?
The earliest a work stoppage could occur is Friday, May 19 at 3:00 a.m. MT.
What advice do you have for guests if their flights get cancelled?
Issuing notice does not mean a work stoppage will occur. However, in the coming days, the WestJet Group will take all necessary actions to manage the impacts as much as possible, including:
Beginning preparations to operate a temporarily reduced schedule – unfortunately, this will be a significant reduction from WestJet and Swoop’s current networks.
Proactively managing changes and cancellations, to enable us to communicate with guests in advance of changes.
Providing flexible change and cancel options for those who wish to make alternate arrangements.
Guests are encouraged to visit WestJet’s Guest Updates page for more information regarding flight status, travel changes and more. For Swoop travellers, please visit the Swoop Traveller Info Hub.
Why would The WestJet Group initiate a lockout?
The decision to initiate a lockout was not made lightly and we recognize the impact this could have on our guests travel plans and on our people. Unfortunately, this decision was the only available option to ensure we can manage flight disruptions in a manner that allows us to proactively communicate changes to our schedule and provide advance notice of travel impacts to our guests.
We continue to make progress at the bargaining table and remain confident that with a commitment from both parties, we can reach an agreement before labour action is taken and avoid disrupting the travel of our valued guests.
Is WestJet providing refunds to guests who are impacted by this disruption?
Should flight delays or cancellations occur, impacted guests will be refunded or reaccommodated, as applicable.
For travel between May 15 - 21, 2023, WestJet has provided additional flexibility for guests’ peace of mind. For more information, guests are invited to visit the WestJet Guest Updates page.
Does the potential labour stoppage impact WestJet Encore flights?
The current labour negotiations between The WestJet Group and ALPA, pertains to WestJet and Swoop pilots exclusively. WestJet Encore flights will continue to operate in the event labour action occurs.