Mayor Lantz gets flight pass info from Air Canada


Photo: Mayor Bruce Lantz is looking for answers regarding Air Canada’s Flight Pass policy – file photo.

By Christine Rumleskie

Mayor Bruce Lantz has received a letter from Air Canada, and he says it’s not the kind of reply he was hoping for.

Late last year, Fort St. John City Council discovered that the price for flight passes will double in this region. In addition, the passes will now be restricted to 25 people, rather than 300 as before, and will not be accepted for flights to Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Mayor Lantz wanted clarification on why the Northeast was being targeted for the increase, so he wrote a letter to Air Canada expressing his concerns. But he says he was disappointed in the company’s response.

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The letter Air Canada sent indicates that some flight pass zones have been ‘updated’ to better reflect customer travel needs. In doing so, Air Canada claims the prices had to be adjusted. The company says the majority of locations have seen a price drop from the zone shift.

However, Air Canada says prices are now significantly higher in the Territories, Northern B.C. and Newfoundland. The carrier explains that the fares had to be increased to bring them in line with other rates.

Mayor Lantz says he’s going to corner Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu at the Vancouver Board of Trade conference in March.

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Although Lantz has written to Westjet and other airline companies, he says the letters have yet to generate discussion.

The issue has caught the attention of Prince Rupert, which voiced its support for Lantz’ crusade.