Labrador MHA requests airline to cost match ferry prices while services are delayed

Heavy ice conditions along the north Labrador coast has caused a delay for the first week of the 2023 marine schedule. According to Labrador Marine Inc., Kamutik W service for ports north to Nain will be delayed by one week, and will begin on June 18.

Torngat Mountains MHA Lela Evans is calling on the provincial government to arrange for passengers to travel on local airline ‘Air Borealis’, at the same rate as they would pay to board the ferry, until the ferry can begin its schedule.

Evans says the delay of ferry service creates multiple hardships for residents, and interrupts travel plans for those who have budgeted and planned on the ferry prices.

Union relieved as tentative deal with WestJet avoids strike

Some relief for airline workers and travellers heading into the long weekend: WestJet and its pilots have reached a tentative agreement. As NTV’s Bailey Howard tells us this means there will be no job action. 

WestJet averts strike, reaches tentative deal with pilots

The WestJet Group and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the union representing WestJet and Swoop pilots, announced they have reached a tentative agreement on the second collective bargaining agreement between the organizations.

Both parties now await the ratification vote to be put forward to membership. 

WestJet says it is now ramping up its operations as efficiently as possible, although the full resumption of operations will take time. Guests remain encouraged to continue to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.

NTV’s Bailey Howard is covering this story and will have all the details tonight on the award-winning NTV Evening Newshour.

Travel plans possibly up in the air for passengers as WestJet pilots issue 72-hour strike notice

Travel plans for WestJet passengers might be up in the air… this comes after the union representing WestJet pilots issued a 72-hour strike notice on Monday evening. 

Local airline passenger rights advocate Woodrow French says there are a number of things travellers need to be prepared for, including being delayed on a connecting flight, or flights being cancelled all together.

St. John’s International Airport released a statement on the potential strike.

“St. John’s International Airport values its partnerships with each of our airlines.  We are closely following the current potential labor situation facing our WestJet/Swoop partners.  Passengers are asked to check directly with their respective airline to understand any potential travel impacts.”

We will have more details coming up on NTV News First Edition, and the NTV Evening Newshour.   

Advocate for passenger rights shocked by number of cancelled flights

Air travellers are still dealing with the aftermath of cancelled flights as it gets closer to Christmas day. 

Today an advocate for passenger rights speaks to NTV’s Bailey Howard tells us more. 

Flight cancellations leave passengers with no way home in time for Christmas

Thousands of passengers are stuck in Toronto’s Pearson Airport trying to make it home for the holidays including hundreds from this province.

Now cancellations and delays are leaving many unable to get a flight to the province until after Christmas day. NTV’s Bailey Howard has this story.

More Marine Atlantic delays expected leading into the holiday season

It’s not just air travel that is seeing backlogs and delays, Marine Atlantic has had a number of service interruptions due to active weather in the gulf and theres another disruption expected, just in time for the holidays. NTV’s Jodi Cooke has this report

St. John’s welcomes 300,000th cruise ship passenger since 1999

St. John’s has seen a strong rebound in this year’s cruise ship season. This morning, the city recognized a major milestone for the final visit of the year. NTV’s Bailey Howard explains.

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