Air Canada contacts passengers ahead of looming strike

People who were planning to travel with Air Canada this fall may have to look for other airlines to make their destination, as negotiations appear to have fallen through. 

The Canadian Press has the story:

Air Canada has started contacting passengers and making changes to some of its flights operated by its regional partner Jazz in preparation for a potential strike by its flight attendants.

The airline says the changes are being made to some regularly scheduled Air Canada Express flights operated by its regional partner Jazz on Wednesday in order to serve the greatest number of passengers.

Air Canada is also offering customers who are booked to travel over the next six days a chance to change their flight dates free of charge.

Air Canada's mainline flights are not currently affected by the contingency schedule preparations.

In the even of a strike, the airline has said that it will operate a partial schedule with the help of its codeshare partners. The Jazz flight attendants are represented by a different union.

Talks between the two sides were continuing in Montreal, but if a deal the flight attendants were set to go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt has said she will introduce back-to-work legislation if the two-sides cannot reach a deal, but the earliest that may happen is Wednesday.

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