Transport Canada granted WestJet Airlines Ltd. an exemption Monday to allow the airline to use a ratio of one flight attendant for every 50 passenger seats onboard an aircraft.
Regulations currently require one flight attendant for every 40 passengers on board an aircraft, however for certain aircraft configured with up to 50 passenger seats, only one flight attendant is required.
The President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Paul Moist and CUPE Airline Division President Michel Cournoyer said the Canadian government is putting corporate profits ahead of the safety of passengers.
“Not only is the 1 to 50 flight attendant/passenger ratio exemption granted to WestJet on May 6 dangerous, but it is the tip of the iceberg. The Harper government is now ready to change regulations for all airlines and take a chance on the safety and security of all airline passengers,” said Moist.