WestJet pilots vote for joining Air Line Pilots Association

A Westjet Boeing 737-700 takes off at the International Airport in Calgary, Alberta, May 3, 2011. REUTERS/Todd Korol

(Reuters) - Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), the world’s largest pilot union, said on Friday that 62 percent of WestJet Airlines Ltd’s pilots who voted in a representation election favored joining the union.

ALPA said 97 percent of eligible pilots of the Canadian airline participated in the election. (

“We are disappointed with the outcome of the vote but we are dedicated to moving forward as a team,” WestJet said in a separate statement.

WestJet’s shares were down 4 percent at C$22 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Founded in 1931, ALPA represents over 55,000 pilots at 32 U.S. and Canadian airlines.

Reporting by Ahmed Farhatha in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila