We're surprised by the announcement of action issued by our flight attendants this morning, however we'd like to assure our passengers that the action will not result in cancelled flights. One flight today will be affected: flight 535/536 between Whitehorse and Vancouver. Our flight attendants have informed us that on that flight that they will provide essential safety services only. We unequivocally support our flight attendant's right to job action and we've taken steps to ensure that our passengers will still receive service. The cookies may not be warm, but our passengers' on-board experience remains our top priority.
There has been some frustration from both sides regarding the duration of the talks, and I'd like to put those in some context. A little over a week ago we received the first compensation proposal from the flight attendants' representative – which has been a key missing piece in the negotiations. The strike action vote took place before this key proposal was put on the table. Air North is dedicated to this process and are now in the review stage – in fact, we're scheduled to continue negotiations next week in good faith.
We're one team. We have common ground in making ours the best airline in Canada, and we know that we're better together. The negotiations have been assisted by a federally-appointed conciliator, Kathy Peters, who has helped us arrange meetings based upon everyone's availability. Her mandate expired in August, but she has remained involved as a mediator and talks are ongoing. Her dedication inspires us and We're grateful for it.
There are no issues on the table that are insurmountable, and I'm confident we will work together to resolve this in the near future.
Chief Operating Officer
Air North, Yukon's Airline