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Canada mandates vaccinations for federally regulated airline employees

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The WestJet Group applauded Transport Minister Omar Alghabra’s comments today about mandated vaccines for federally regulated airline personnel.

“We remain a strong partner in Canada’s vaccination rollout, and we are working hard to implement the government’s policy on obligatory vaccines for airline employees,” said Mark Porter, WestJet Executive Vice-President, People and Culture. “Vaccinations are the most effective strategy to protect our customers and employees while also limiting the spread of COVID-19.”

“We understand our people will have questions, and we will be discussing them in real time with our employee and labor groups,” Mr. Porter added. “We are seeking additional details on the need from the federal government and are committed to working collaboratively to guarantee the policy’s successful implementation by late October.”

WestJet currently employs roughly 6,000 WestJetters, with an additional 4000 inactive or furloughed. Swoop presently has 340 active employees, but more than 170 are idle or furloughed.

The WestJet Group will comply with the requirement that all domestic passengers be properly vaccinated or tested prior to departure. Rapid-antigen testing, according to the airline association, is an acceptable, accessible, and affordable alternative for unvaccinated travelers.

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