New Brunswick’s education secretary is lashing out at Air Canada, saying the airline is incompetent for deciding over the weekend to cancel a Monday flight that would have taken him and four officials to a meeting in Regina.
Dominic Cardy posted a series of tweets on Saturday saying the cancellation announced earlier that day means New Brunswick will not be represented at this year’s Education Council meeting.
Air Canada is reducing flights in July and August in response to travel congestion
Cardy then called for deregulation of Canada’s airline industry.
His comments sparked an online debate, with some people asking the minister why his delegation needed to attend in person rather than join a Zoom call, which would save taxpayers money.
In response, Cardy said he doesn’t chair the council, and he double-crossed by suggesting that “incompetent and coddled airlines” that take money for services they know they can’t provide could be committing fraud .
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Air Canada was not immediately available for comment.
An online commenter suggested that Cardy should try booking a flight with another airline.
“It occurred to me to look for other tickets on other airlines but thanks for the pro tip,” the minister tweeted.
The comment prompted this response: “Your sass is top notch!”
Air Canada is reducing flights as the country’s travel chaos continues
Air Canada announced last week that it would cut more than 15 percent of its July and August schedule — more than 9,500 flights — due to an air system gridlocked by rising demand.
Also last week, Calgary-based WestJet Airlines confirmed it was flying 32 percent fewer flights to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport in July than before the COVID-19 pandemic.
In recent weeks, the aviation industry’s logistical problems have resulted in long queues, complicated connections and canceled flights at many Canadian airports.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 3, 2022.
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