Virgin Galactic completed what is expected to be its final test flight Thursday before taking paying customers on brief trips to space, marking what the space tourism company described as a “fantastic achievement” in what has been a long road to commercial operations.
WestJet continued to ramp up operations on Friday in an effort to restore the long weekend travel plans of thousands of passengers upended by flight cancellations before the airline reached a last-minute deal with its pilots.
WestJet cancelled more than 100 flights on Thursday after talks with the pilots' union hit a “critical impasse,” throwing travel plans into turmoil for thousands of passengers ahead of the May long weekend.
WestJet CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech says the company and its pilots' union remain far apart on key sticking points - especially wages - as negotiations heat up and the clock ticks down on a strike deadline.
WestJet pilots have issued a 72-hour strike notice to the company and the government, according to the union that represents them, and they warn the airline could be shut down right before the May long weekend.
The National Airlines Council has released a report calling on Ottawa to implement "shared accountability" in aviation, with the goal of smoother travel — and across-the-board responsibility for flight disruptions.
The Biden administration is working on new regulations that would require airlines to compensate passengers and cover their meals and hotel rooms if they are stranded for reasons within the airline's control.