WestJet hires first chief medical officer

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CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it has hired its first chief medical officer.

Dr. Tammy McKnight will be charged with developing and implementing initiatives related to the health and well-being of WestJet's employees and customers, the company says.

WestJet says Dr. McKnight will work on mental health-related efforts, advise on risk mitigation and make recommendations around complying with health guidelines around the world.

The portfolio was previously spread among various service providers and company staff, WestJet says.

The appointment comes as airlines navigate a complicated atmosphere of public health regulations and protocols designed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. McKnight was most recently medical director for AirSpring, an aviation company based in Calgary.

WestJet isn't the first to have someone in that position. Jim Chung works for Air Canada while Peter Nord has those responsibilities at Sunwing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 17, 2021.

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