Air Canada will cut approximately 1,900 jobs over the next few weeks due to the further reduction of a quarter of its network in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic.
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According to the carrier, 1,900 of its workers and more than 200 Air Canada Express employees will be made redundant due to the disastrous consequences caused by the health crisis on the airline industry.
The workforce reductions come five days after those announced Friday by WestJet.
“Since the federal and provincial governments implemented these tougher travel restrictions and other measures, in addition to the quarantine requirement in place, we have seen the immediate impact on short-term bookings and taken action. difficult decision, but necessary, to readjust our schedule again and to rationalize our cross-border, West Indian and domestic routes, in order to better take into account the expected demand and to slow the depletion of net capital ”, explained Lucie Guillemette, vice- General President and Chief Commercial Officer of Air Canada.
Air Canada’s new job cuts will be carried out in the first quarter
“We hope to see our business return to normal and bring back to work some of the more than 20,000 employees currently on layoff or on technical layoff,” said Ms. Guillemette.
Air Canada’s flight capacity during the first quarter will equal 20% of its capacity during the corresponding period of 2019.