Back to business as usual: Air Canada 0
A flight crew walks through Terminal One at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, April 13, 2012. (REUTERS/ Mike Cassese)
Air Canada says its passengers will not experience the chaos that followed the cancellation of approximately 75 flights on Friday due to illegal job action taken by some of its pilots.
"Everything is running normally," Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told QMI Agency Saturday morning. He added that 10 flights across the country had been cancelled Saturday, attributing them to "the after-effects of yesterday's strike."
Fitzpatrick said approximately 75 flights - primarily to and from Toronto as well as to other Canadian destinations - were cancelled Friday.
On Friday, the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) granted, at Air Canada's request, an order declaring that certain pilots were participating in an illegal strike and ordered those who participated in the illegal strike to immediately return to work.
"Our first priority today has been to take care of our customers," Duncan Dee, the airline's chief operating officer, said in a statement released Friday. "While we were able to re-accommodate almost all customers affected on alternate flights, we recognize the inconvenience this job action has caused to our customers. The vast majority of Air Canada's pilots reported to work today and performed their duties as the true professionals they are."