Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Transport Canada closes airspace to 737 Max aircraft

Photo Air Canada
The Canadian regulator, Transport Canada has decided to follow most other aviation authorities around the world and close its airspace to the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. The announcement was made by Transport Minister Marc Garneau this morning in Ottawa.

Air Canada issued a statement pledging its support for the decision and said it would continue to work with Transport Canada towards resolution of this situation as soon as possible.   

The airline has instigated cancellation and rebooking policies without fees for passengers affected by the grounding of its 737 Max fleet.  However, the airline warned there would be some delays in rebooking passengers as its 737 max aircraft carry between nine to twelve thousand customers per day.

Photo WestJet
 WestJet also confirmed ti would be complying with Transport Canada’s decision to temporarily ground the Boeing 737 MAX fleet.  "We respect the decision made by Transport Canada and are in the process of grounding the 13 MAX aircraft in our fleet. This decision has an impact on the travel plans of our WestJet guests and we ask for understanding as we work to rebook all guests affected as quickly as possible." the airline said in a statement.

WestJet has a fleet of 162 aircraft ad the vast majority are not 737 Max aircraft (92%) and are therefore unaffected by the grounding. Therefore it expects to be able to operate with other aircraft the flights that were scheduled for 737 Max 8 aircraft.