Tim Perry, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l Canada (ALPA Canada), issued the following statement today following an announcement by the Canadian government that it would ease travel restrictions.
“We are pleased to see the federal government take this positive step forward. This is good news for Canadian travelers and airline employees who have had to manage these difficult conditions since March 2020.
“While Canada has taken a more cautious approach to reopening its borders compared to many other nations around the world, we are happy that Canadian pilots and other aviation workers, travelers, and our nation’s economy will greatly benefit from the easing of the protocols slated to end on September 30. As we frequently communicated to the federal government, the mask mandate had become increasingly problematic because of compliance issues that precipitated safety concerns for frontline aviation workers.
“As the demand for air travel continues to increase, ALPA pilots remain committed to assisting in a full, safe, and smooth transition to pre-pandemic operations.”
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest airline pilot union, representing more than 65,000 pilots at 40 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ALPACanada and @ALPApilots.