Release #: 18.42
November 20, 2018

Sky Regional Pilots Join World’s Largest Pilots Union

Ottawa, Ont.—The 300 airline pilots of Sky Regional Airlines have joined the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA). An overwhelming majority of the pilots, who provide regional service for Air Canada Express, filed membership cards with the Canada Industrial Relations Board last month, seeking ALPA as their legal bargaining representative.

By joining ALPA, the Sky Regional pilots now have access to the Association’s vast resources, from aeromedical advisors and insurance benefits to our world-class safety structure.

“Today, ALPA is stronger with the addition of the Sky Regional pilots,” said ALPA president Capt. Tim Canoll. “Their decision to join the world’s largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization will help to advance our profession in North America and around the world and ensure that we maintain the safest air transport system in the world.”

The focus for Sky Regional pilots now shifts to the ALPA membership drive and establishing permanent pilot representatives and negotiating their first collective agreement under the Canada Labour Code.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 61,000 pilots at 35 airlines in Canada and the United States, including Air Georgian, Air Transat, Bearskin, Calm Air, Canadian North, First Air, Jazz Aviation, Kelowna Flightcraft, Sky Regional, Wasaya, WestJet, and WestJet Encore. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.


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