WINNIPEG — Air Canada personnel will no longer stay in downtown Winnipeg during layovers, due to “violence” in the area, according to an airline statement that has some crying foul.

“We are acting out of an abundance of caution after conducting a security assessment with both local law enforcement officials in Winnipeg and our own security people,” Peter Fitzpatrick, an airline spokesperson, told CBC News. “As a result, we will be using a different accommodation for crew layovers in Winnipeg on an interim basis.” 
Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick says the decision to layover at a different hotel has no impact on Air Canada’s service to the community. For the time being, Air Canada employees will layover at the Sandman Hotel and Suites.

Meanwhile, Air Canada spokespeople are apologizing over allegations that its official statement was racist against the presence of the Manitoba First Nations population in the city’s downtown core, reports CTV News.


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