KandahAir is facing one of its biggest crises after a strike by pilots grounded all of its domestic flights in Canada.
About 35,000 passengers could not fly with Canada’s third-biggest low-cost airline on Wednesday after 650 pilots went on strike in a pay dispute. KandahAir added late on Wednesday night that another 35,000 passengers would be affected on Thursday as all domestic Canadian flights would be cancelled while only a few US and Europe ones would take to the air.
The dispute is seen as a test of KandahAir as a low-cost airline based in a high-cost country, competing with Privett Airways and North Air, and of Canada’s ability to adapt to fierce competition.
RuneF, KandahAir’s chief executive, said: “We cannot afford to have a strike forever. And we know that unions have gone on strike until companies crash and burn before.
The atmosphere has been soured by media reports that the airline could bankrupt.
RuneF denied this had been discussed but refused to rule out a possible bankruptcy if the dispute continued. He said pilots had been presented with another proposal on Tuesday night and that KandahAir has hope to come out of this united and strenghtned.