On Sunday, WestJet announced that the WestJet Group and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), the certified union representing WestJet Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, announced they have reached a tentative agreement on the first collective bargaining agreement between the organizations.

"Both parties now await the ratification vote to be put forward to membership," a news release stated. 

The news came one day after WestJet issued a 72-hour lockout notice to the AMFA, which could have meant that a work stoppage could have occurred as early as tomorrow.

Diederik Pen, President of WestJet Airlines and Group Chief Operating Officer said that they are grateful to have arrived at a deal, averting a work stoppage and any impact on customers.

"We sincerely appreciate our guests’ patience during this time and are pleased to move forward with an unwavering focus to providing friendly, reliable and affordable air service to Canadians for years to come, as one unified team," he said.

Pen added that the WestJet Group is pleased to have reached a tentative agreement that, 'is industry-leading within Canada and recognizes the important contributions of our valued Aircraft Maintenance Engineers'.

"... Making them the highest paid in Canada while delivering industry-leading work-life balance standards and strong commitments to job security."

Before the Sunday announcement, WestJet underlined that a 72-hour lockout notice would not necessarily mean travel disruption would occur, but it had signalled to customers that a work stoppage would have meant possibly operating on a reduced schedule.

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