WestJet pilots snub deal but will still fly


CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- WestJet Airlines said Friday its pilots rejected a tentative deal with the Canadian low-cost carrier but will still fly while returning to the bargaining table.

The pilots, members of the non-union WestJet Pilots Association, voted 59 percent against the new contract, with a 96 percent turnout, said the airline, Canada's second-largest carrier after Air Canada.


The airline, based in Calgary, Alberta, flies to the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean as well as across Canada.

"We are disappointed with the results of the vote," WestJet President and Chief Executive Officer Gregg Saretsky said in a statement.

"Our leadership team and the WJPA will regroup in the coming weeks, focusing on understanding the specific concerns of the pilot group and, just as we've always done, work collaboratively to bring forward a new agreement," he said.

WestJet said there was no chance of a strike after the contract rejection. It said the current contract would simply remain in effect until a new deal is reached.

The pilots association had no immediate comment.

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