The former head of CyberNB is frustrated over a slew of recent flight cancellations in and from the Fredericton AIRPORT TERMINAL and says Air Canada has to be held accountable.
“When I’m a businessman and I’m looking to get from point A to point B over the region, there needs to be an important service to permit me to execute my job and invite my clients … to come quickly to the province and you also need to know they will make it happen,” said Allen Dillon, who is   now;CEO of the cybersecurity firm Root9B.
“It’s hard enough they … need to travel in a cigarette tube from Halifax to Fredericton.”
The Fredericton resident is section of Air Canada’s Altitude Million Mile Program, an elite program for travellers who’ve flown greater than a million miles with the airline.
Dillon occupies to 115 flights per year and estimates 40 % of that time period he’s coping with a flight cancellation or major delay that may sometimes take him on another path to another city, causing more delays even.
Sometimes he’ll take a youthful flight merely to ensure he could make his meetings promptly.
He says the cybersecurity business keeps growing in Fredericton and over the province and essential services — like air travel — must be in place.
“Imagine if we turn off a significant highway running right through New Brunswick and we were no more in a position to deliver key products,” he said. “The airline is very much indeed a similar thing.”
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He describes the airline service as “unreliable, which affects attracting business to the province and is hard on families looking to get house with time constraints.
He says the problem of flight cancellations is getting blames and worse having less pilots in your community among the leading factors.
“When I walk through the airports, the airport employees and or Air Canada employees in your community, mock the service openly. That is an issue which has permeated directly into individuals actually,” Dillon said during an interview with Information Morning Fredericton from St. John’s, N.L.
Other residents complain
Earlier, Fredericton Coun. Stephen Chase complained he experienced four last-minute flight cancellations while travelling between Halifax and Year fredericton during the past.
Chase said he was offered a four-hour taxi or bus ride home instead. On two occasions, Chase opted to rent a motor car, but says he received a refund never.
It’s not sufficient for a capital city.-Allen Dillon, CEO of Root9B
Since, three of his four cancelled flights were from the Halifax Stanfield AIRPORT TERMINAL to Fredericton, as the fourth was from the Fredericton AIRPORT TERMINAL to Halifax.
According to the Fredericton International Airport’s website on Friday, one Air Canada flight from the Halifax Stanfield AIRPORT TERMINAL to Fredericton has already been cancelled at 1:25 p.m., and a flight going to Halifax from Fredericton at 1:40 p.m. is cancelled.
Meanwhile, a flight arriving in Fredericton from Halifax at 1:15 a.m. saturday is delayed on.
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CBC News requested an interview with Fredericton AIRPORT TERMINAL CEO Johanne Gallant, but was told it really is an presssing issue relating to the airline.
‘Rare’ in comparison to amount of flights
Isabelle Arthur, a spokesperson with Air Canada, said the airline understands how disappointing it really is whenever a cancellation occurs, but is “constantly” dealing with Air Canada Express partners to make sure “safe and reliable service.”
“Flight cancellations do occur for several reasons such as for example operational constraints, inclement aircraft or weather out of service for mechanical reasons,” she said.
“They’re, however, rare in accordance with the [1,600] daily flights we operate.”
Arthur said Air Canada didn’t intend to provide any interviews and would advise if anything changes.
Dillon isn’t satisfied.
“If we will deliver something we must take action in a manner that actually meets with the demand and the necessity in a profitable way … in order that we can can get on with owning a province, running a continuing business, growing our economic agenda,” he said.
He believes the government also has a job to play in regulating and structuring the delivery of airline service to Canadians.
“They’re no longer working in a context of holding people’s feet to the fire to provide the essential essential service in a trusted format,” he said.
Pilot shortages an issue
In a previous interview with CBC News, Monette Pasher, executive director of the Atlantic Canada Airports Association, said pilot shortages have grown to be an presssing issue over the region, in the last 12 months particularly. That is having a direct effect on smaller passengers and airports travelling through Halifax.
While learning to be a pilot in Canada could be costly and time-prohibitive, about 1,every year 200 new pilots graduate in Canada. About half of these are international students.
“It’s not sufficient for a capital city,” Dillon said.
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