Airports in Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John are reporting flight delays and cancellations today because of a wildcat strike at the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
In Fredericton, two flights later Friday morning have been cancelled, one to Toronto, the other to Montreal. There are identical situations in Moncton and Saint John.
The disruption caused by a wildcat strike by Air Canada ground crew and baggage handlers has frustrated many travellers in New Brunswick.
There are roughly 20 people waiting around the Greater Moncton International Airport. Many of the passengers say they are confused by the lack of information surrounding the flight delays.
In Saint John, passengers were on a 5:30 a.m. flight heading to Toronto.
Passengers say the plane's engine had already started and they had received their pre-flight instructions. But that is when the pilot announced the flight was being delayed and they were to get off the plane.
Some of the passengers said they were flying to Toronto where they were planning to connect to other flights to take them to vacation destinations, such as Mexico, California and Florida.
The job action began by Air Canada ground crews Thursday evening in Toronto and left hundreds of passengers in limbo after they had to disembark from several flights already on the tarmac and head back to the terminal.
A spokeswoman for the airline, Isabelle Arthur, said Friday morning that it would seek a back-to-work order. In the meantime, she said, "We’re putting in place a flexible rebooking policy, so customers can make changes without penalties."
She confirmed that the illegal job action by ramp employees was causing delays and cancellations.
More than 20 Air Canada flights scheduled to arrive from U.S. and Canadian cities were listed as delayed overnight and Friday morning, according to the Toronto Pearson International Airport website.