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'Want some pizza?' WestJet pilot comes to rescue for rerouted Air Canada passengers

THE CANADIAN PRESS

A WestJet pilot stepped up to feed rerouted Air Canada passengers stuck in New Brunswick in early February. (Mike Drew/Postmedia Network/Files)

A WestJet pilot stepped up to feed rerouted Air Canada passengers stuck in New Brunswick in early February. (Mike Drew/Postmedia Network/Files)

FREDERICTON - 

Leave it to a WestJet pilot to feed hungry Air Canada passengers.

Air Canada is apologizing to passengers who found themselves rerouted late at night to Fredericton with nothing to eat — that is, until the rival pilot stepped in to buy them pizza.

The passengers were on a flight from Toronto to St. John’s, N.L. on Feb. 8 when bad weather forced the plane to be rerouted to New Brunswick.

Passenger John Samms took to Twitter to say that an Air Canada employee announced it was impossible to get food at that hour.

Samms then tweeted: “Awkward but funny moment: @westjet guy walks in and says ’hey guys I’m from Westjet and we do things differently, want some pizza?”’

He said four or five pizzas were ordered.

Samms wrote that the Air Canada employee then offered $10 vouchers, but there was nowhere to use them.

The pilot could not be reached for comment, and WestJet declined to speak.

In a statement, Air Canada said it was sorry their customers experienced a weather-related diversion to an airport that was not expecting them on such short notice.

“Unfortunately the food service was closed but thankfully, a caring customer, an airline employee himself, so truly empathetic to the situation, stepped up and helped out. We have spoken to him, thanking him and are truly grateful for his generous spirit,” the statement read.

“Clearly we should have done better for our customers and have been in touch with them to apologize.”

Samms posted pictures on social media, calling the WestJet pilot a “legend.”

“I’ve never been so pleased to see pizza,” Samms wrote.

The flight departed Fredericton early the next morning for St. John’s.



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