Traveler’s looking to fly out of Pearson were met with a number of delays Friday due to an ongoing labour disruption.
According to the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, the dispute is between refueling workers and a number of Canadian airlines.
The delays began Friday morning, when only 17 of the 47 fueling employee’s showed up for work.
The GTAA gave an update Friday evening, saying as of 5 p.m., a total of 185 had been cancelled, and they’re “implementing a reduction in flights to minimize exceptionally long waits for passengers on aircraft.”
“In the interest of passenger safety and comfort, and after considerable effort to mitigate the disruption caused by the air carrier consortium’s contracted fuel service provider, we have been left with no option but to reduce flights into Toronto Pearson,” Howard Eng, President and CEO of the GTAA said in the statement. “We have been coordinating with the air carriers and have encouraged them to prioritize their flights. Our focus is to ensure those passengers currently impacted by this disruption are provided with necessities and receive regular updates on their flight status. We urge the air carrier consortium to work with their fuel service provider to address this situation immediately.”
The International Association of Machinists (IAM) Local Lodge 2413 says their members are upset over job losses that resulted from the airline consortium. The deal, led by Air Canada and WestJet, means the airlines will not be renewing an agreement with its current fueling supplier. The union says they’ve signed a near with another company, resulting in 300 job losses in Montreal and Toronto.
The changes go into effect Oct. 1st.
Union members have been told they can re-apply for the new positions, but the jobs will pay 30% less.
In the meantime, flyers are being advised to check out their flight status before heading out.
Flying today? Please check your flight status with your airline before heading to the airport as delays and cancellations continue.
— Toronto Pearson (@TorontoPearson) July 3, 2015