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Release # 01.130
December 19, 2001
ALPA Concerned over Air 2000 Filing in Canada
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) has opposed attempts by a United Kingdom-based charter operator to initiate service between several Canadian cities and the Caribbean later this month, noting the current economic hardship faced by the North American aviation industry.
ALPA told the Canadian Transportation Agency that the application by Air 2000 to fly the routes was "not in the public interest at this time" when many Canadian pilots were facing furlough. The Association made similar arguments before the U.S. Department of Transportation, as Air 2000 also proposed flying to southern U.S. warm-weather destinations from Chicago, IL.
Air 2000s original application asked to begin service from Toronto; a second application filed late last week expanded that request to more than a half-dozen Canadian cities. ALPA argued that the frequent flights planned by Air 2000 amounted to scheduled operations rather than a charter.
ALPAs president, Capt Duane Woerth, said, "Following the tragedy of September 11th, and the ensuing fall-off in air traffic, there has been a considerable loss of revenue for Canadian air carriers, the collapse of Canada 3000, and major job losses in the airline industry, particularly in the leisure travel sector. At this time it is not in the public interest to allow foreign carriers to access a Canadian origination market when there are Canadian carriers capable of providing the services for which Air 2000 is seeking authorization, and when the continued existence of some Canadian carriers is in jeopardy."
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