Canada strike cancels, delays 100’s of Toronto flights
Over 200 flights have been canceled and hundreds more delayed at Canada’s largest and busiest airport in the city of Toronto after workers in charge of aircraft refueling suddenly walked out of their jobs.
Chaotic scenes were reported at terminals and boarding counters at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Friday with many flights delayed for several hours or more, prompting confusion and despair for numerous air travelers.
“Toronto Pearson International Airport continues to experience operational disruptions due to ongoing issues with the air carrier consortium’s fuel service provider,” an airport statement said as cited in an AFP report.
According to the report, a number of refueling staff with Consolidated Aviation Fueling of Toronto unexpectedly took the day off to protest a decision by an airline consortium to sever ties with it.
“As the fuel service provider experiences escalating labor shortages, aircraft movements have been significantly impacted,” added the airport statement, noting that as of 5:00 p.m. local time (2100 GMT), “185 flights have been canceled.”
This is while the airport’s website showed more than 30 additional cancellations following the statement, the report said.
Meanwhile, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers also announced in a statement that “an airline consortium led by Air Canada and West Jet will not renew its agreement with Consolidated Aviation to supply fuel at both Pearson in Toronto and Trudeau International in Montreal.
It further added, “The consortium has already signed agreements with other fueling providers resulting in more than 300 IAM members losing their jobs.”