Transat Speaks Out On Pilots’ Arrests


Air Transat has issued a statement regarding the July 18 arrest of two of its pilots in Glasgow, noting it’s a complex issue and “because the matter is the subject of judicial proceedings in Scotland, the airline will not comment at this point.”

Both pilots, who are personally facing charges, have received an administrative suspension for the duration of the carrier’s internal investigation.

Air Transat reiterated that the safety of its passengers and crew is the number one priority for the carrier.

“Canadian and European rules and regulations that we are subject to regarding alcohol consumption are very strict. Our own internal rules are even more stringent, and we do not tolerate any failure to comply. We have always taken, and we will continue to take, all necessary measures to ensure those rules are followed to the letter, and we are counting on the flawless co-operation of all our personnel in that respect,” stated Jean-François Lemay, president and general manager, Air Transat.

He added, “We will be compensating all passengers on this flight pursuant to the applicable European regulations.”