Canada's WestJet load controllers ratify agreement with airline

Airplanes at Toronto Pearson airport

(Reuters) - Canadian airline WestJet Group said on Thursday its load controllers, represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), ratified the first collective bargaining agreement between the two parties.

The agreement will come into effect on July 1 and will be in place until Dec. 31, 2028, WestJet said.

The airline, which is owned by Onex Corp, had reached a tentative agreement with the union earlier this month.

(Reporting by Kannaki Deka in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)