1:50 ruling puts WestJet on equal footing with U.S. and international
CALGARY, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - WestJet today confirmed it has received an
exemption from Transport Canada to the requirement for one flight
attendant for every 40 passengers on board. The exemption, which is
effective immediately, allows for one flight attendant for every 50
seats on board the aircraft.
"We are pleased that Transport Canada has granted this exemption," said
Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. "One flight attendant for
every 50 seats is the accepted international practice and has been in
place for decades around the world. "This exemption will place us on a
level regulatory playing field with U.S. and international carriers who
fly in and out of Canada every day under these rules. Safety is a core
value at WestJet and we commend the government for recognizing that
there is a consistent level of safety operating under this ratio."
"WestJet has committed that it will not lay off any flight attendants
under this new exemption," commented Antonio Faiola, WestJet Flight
Attendant and Chair of PACT, WestJet's employee association. "Our
history speaks for itself: WestJet has always worked with its employees
when our business changes and this is another example of its commitment
to its people."
"We anticipate cost savings once this exemption has been operationalized
across our network," continued Gregg Saretsky. "These savings will
allow us to grow our network and continue to provide low fares for the
Canadian traveller. We will now work with our operations teams to
determine when we can implement these changes which will in turn
determine when these savings will be realized."
Caution regarding forward-looking information
Certain statements set forth in this news release, including, without
limitation, information respecting the competitive and operational
impacts and anticipated cost savings of the 1:50 ruling, are
forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable Canadian
securities laws. By their nature, forward-looking statements are
subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond
WestJet's control. Readers are cautioned that undue reliance should not
be placed on forward-looking statements as actual results may vary
materially from the forward-looking statements due to a number of
factors including, without limitation, changes in consumer demand,
energy prices, aircraft deliveries, general economic conditions,
competitive environment, regulatory developments, environment factors,
ability to effectively implement and maintain critical systems and
other factors and risks described in WestJet's public reports and
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represent WestJet's expectations as of the date of this news release
and are subject to change after such date. WestJet does not undertake
to update, correct or revise any forward-looking statements as a result
of any new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be
required by applicable law.
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service
to 85 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet pioneered low-cost
flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now
has more than 9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of
more than 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400 NextGen
aircraft, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful
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