POLITICS
10/01/2011 05:16 EDT | Updated 12/01/2011 05:12 EST

Winnipeg mayor questions Air Canada plan to stop using downtown hotels for crew

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg's mayor says Air Canada's decision to stop using his city's downtown hotels for crew layovers doesn't make sense.

Sam Katz says the airline and Winnipeg police have been doing a security assessment, but he says it hasn't been completed yet.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick says in an email that the decision to move airline crew to different digs has been made "out of an abundance of caution."

Fitzpatrick says the move is being done on an interim basis.

Statistics Canada reported this summer that Manitoba and Winnipeg's violent crime rate led the country last year.

Street gangs and Bikers have been a problem for decades.

Katz says he's been told by Air Canada's pilots union that its members don't support the move.

He says the pilots claim there are many hotels they'd be happy to stay in downtown.

He says the security assessment so far hasn't found any problems, and wonders whether Air Canada might have made the decision to save money.