Transport Canada to allow WestJet flight attendant ratio exemption

OTTAWA - Transport Canada granted WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA) an exemption Monday to allow the airline to use a ratio of one flight attendant for every 50 passenger seats onboard an aircraft.

Regulations currently require one flight attendant for every 40 passengers on board an aircraft, however for certain aircraft configured with up to 50 passenger seats, only one flight attendant is required.

Transport Canada said the exemption brings WestJet in line with other international standards including airlines based in the United States that fly to and from Canada with the same ratio.

WestJet flies several different versions of the Boeing 737 aircraft with up to 166 seats.