Canada: surprise strike at Toronto airport

An unexpected strike of employees responsible for refueling the fuel had caused the cancellation of about 200 flights Friday, July 3 at Toronto airport, said Canada’s largest airport platform.

“As the fuel supplier was facing a shortage of staff, aircraft movements were significantly affected” announced the Toronto airport in a statement.

Friday to 17 hours (23 hours in France), 185 flights had been canceled since the beginning of the day. To these are added over thirty other cancellations planned for the end of the day, according to the website of Pearson. Hundreds of flights were delayed, sometimes for several hours, causing great havoc in terminals and boarding counters.

Out of 300 contracts

Company Employees Consolidated Aviation did not show up in hiring due to the termination of the fuel supply contract by an airline consortium led by the two major local airlines, Air Canada and WestJet. “This consortium has already signed agreements with other fuel suppliers” , said the union of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW).

This denunciation results the termination of employment contracts of 300 union members, both on airport platforms Toronto and Montreal, according to the IAMAW.

The Toronto Airport Corporation “worked with airlines operating at Toronto Pearson and fuel services provider to implement the contingency plans of the airlines and to minimize disruption to passengers “, the statement of Pearson.

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