Air Canada not allowing staff to stay over in downtown Winnipeg hotel, sites safety concerns
Air Canada has declared Winnipeg's core as too dangerous for its staff. The airline has decided to not book hotel rooms in downtown Winnipeg for its pilots and flight crew.
"There are a few homeless people around but no one has bothered us. As far as safety, I feel safe," said Sandra Antidorm who is visiting from Toronto.
Air Canada says it is no longer booking its staff into the Radisson Hotel downtown during layovers in Winnipeg because of concerns over safety in downtown Winnipeg.
"The safety and well-being of passengers and crew are always a top priority at Air Canada," explained Peter Fitzpatrick, Air Canada spokesperson in an email to CTV News. "In this instance, 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."
Const. Natalie Aitken of the Winnipeg police confirms the police service is assisting Air Canada with investigating the safety of downtown Winnipeg.
In 2009, downtown Winnipeg saw nearly 1,200 violent incidents. Police say resources like the cadets and the Downtown Biz are working to make the area safe.
The Sandman Hotel near the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport has confirmed flight crews will now be staying there.
-With a report from CTV's Megan Batchelor