The Charlottetown Airport Authority doesn't expect things will get too hectic if Air Canada customer service agents and sales staff walk off the job early Tuesday.
Authority CEO Doug Newson said only about one-half of Air Canada's Charlottetown employees are in the union involved in a dispute over wages and pension plans.
"Time will tell how things unfold over the next few days and weeks," Newson said. "But, hopefully, as of tomorrow, you won't see much change at the airport."
Newson said if there is a strike there will be eight or nine employees picketing outside the Charlottetown airport. But they have been instructed to keep clear of the terminal and the parking lot so they're not in the way of passengers and other airport workers.
Many passengers landing in Charlottetown Monday said their Air Canada experience was a smooth one.
But with the strike looking more likely every hour, some are wondering what sort of turbulence they'll run into the next time they travel.
"You book hotels and you plan to go. You worry about people that have weddings and family functions to go to," traveller Brigitte Turner said. "It's really hard missing those things."
Traveller Craig Houston said it would be concerning if the strike goes ahead.
"On the other hand, I sympathize with the workers," he said.
Gary Rayner, the owner of a Charlottetown travel agency, talked to Air Canada Monday morning about the airline's contingency plan.
"The management people have been seconded to different positions at service counters, with helping out the agents at the call centres and at the gates," Rayner, of The Travel Store, said.
Air Canada said a strike won't affect flights, but acknowledged it will have some impact on customer service.
In fact, the airline is advising its customers that if they want to avoid long waits at the airport, they should check in ahead of time online or on their mobile device, and avoid travelling with checked luggage if possible.