Air Canada ordered to maintain aircraft repair plant in Mtl.

Air Canada plane at Vancouver International Airport in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday May...

Air Canada plane at Vancouver International Airport in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday May 24, 2012. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY)

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, Last Updated: 2:07 PM ET

MONTREAL - A judge has ordered Air Canada to keep its plane repair and overhaul operations in Montreal, but the carrier plans to appeal the ruling.

Superior Court judge Martin Castonguay ruled in favour of the Quebec government, which argued Air Canada had violated the Air Canada Public Participation Act.

The law requires that Air Canada maintain a Montreal-based overhaul centre with satellite plants in Mississauga, Ont., and Winnipeg.

The centres, operated by Aveos Fleet Performance, shut down last year, putting more than 2,600 people out of work across Canada.

Aveos' bankruptcy filing cited a drop in fuselage and engine maintenance work from Air Canada, which provided 85% of the firm's business.

The closures ignited a firestorm, leading to worker protests and a storm of criticism from the political class.

The court ruling issued Monday applies only to Quebec, where most of the laid-off staff are based.


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