COPENHAGEN | The crisis rocking Air Canada echoed all the way to the Tour de France, when Quebecer Guillaume Boivin revealed he was missing three motorcycles as well as his personal belongings.
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Worse, the professional cyclist also claimed he completed the first stage of the Tour de France in the streets of Copenhagen on the bike of another member of his team.
“It wasn’t mine bicycle. Thanks to Air Canada, my bikes and suitcase still haven’t arrived. I have a feeling I’ll get them after the tour because we’re leaving here [du Danemark] in two days. I took someone else’s bike for the time trial,” said Boivin, unhappy with the situation but relaxed given the circumstances.
After the initial announcement that he had been knocked out of the Grande Boucle by Israel-Premier Tech last week, the Montrealer quickly left Europe for Canada to compete in the two main events of the Canadian Road Championship in Edmonton.
Urgently recalled to the old continent, Boivin transited through Montreal before landing in Denmark on Wednesday. Exactly where his gear is is hard to say.
A PR officer for the team, Phoebe Haymes, eventually bought her some clothes to continue the adventure.
Outside of the race, the riders are dressed head-to-toe in sporty tracksuits, but there are certainly a few less noticeable pieces missing.
“We are used to Air Canada. That’s twice a week without a suitcase. Flights were delayed in Edmonton and I arrived at night without a suitcase. It’s not ideal. I’m lucky here, I have other bikes,” added the 33-year-old.
Of course, mechanics have the sizing and specific settings for each member of the formation, but cyclists like to have peace of mind at the world’s greatest race.
The country’s largest airline announced on Wednesday night that it will cancel more than 15% of its flights in July and August as the country’s air network is swamped amid the overwhelming surge in travel.
Consumer advocates are asking Air Canada to compensate hundreds of thousands of passengers, but the airline’s intentions on the matter remain unclear.
Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau has apologized for flight and customer service cancellations. In an email to travelers, he also said the reduced flight schedules were due to tensions in the global aviation system – which may be beyond Air Canada’s control – calling them unprecedented and unforeseen.
Not easy at Montreal-Trudeau
At Montréal-Trudeau Airport, travelers are not yet at the end of their worries. Monster traffic, queues, lost luggage and canceled flights could continue into August, according to CEO Philippe Rainville.
Several discouraged passengers notably shared photos of the luggage chaos at Montreal airport.