Air Canada appears to be upbeat about the chances of resolving its dispute with striking pilots as the parties resumed formal negotiations in Montreal yesterday.

Talks with the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) broke off on 1 September amid much acrimony, leading to the now week-long strike.

Relations between the two sides appeared to have reached rock bottom last week following suggestions that Air Canada was planning to bring in other Star Alliance carriers to operate flights during the strike.

Informal discussions took place over the Labour Day holiday weekend, however, and the airline now seems to be much more positive about the possibility of ending the pay dispute.

A statement said: "Air Canada is hopeful that an agreement on outstanding issues will be reached and ratified by its pilots."

Source: Flight Daily News