Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline, announced today that is will be cutting 1,700 jobs Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images
Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline, announced today that is will be cutting 1,700 jobs. The cuts are a result of adjustments the airline is making to its “COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery Plan” by reducing its capacity by an additional 25 per cent. The airline states that “As a result of these system-wide changes, there will be a workforce reduction of approximately 1700 employees, in addition to the over 200 impacted employees at its Express carriers. The airline is working with its unions on mitigation programs.” In the news release, Air Canada says that the 25% reduction in capacity is due to new pre-departure testing requirements, provincial lockdowns and travel restrictions.
“Since the implementation by the Federal and Provincial Governments of these increased travel restrictions and other measures, in addition to the existing quarantine requirements, we have seen an immediate impact to our close-in bookings and have made the difficult but necessary decision to further adjust our schedule and rationalize our transborder, Caribbean and domestic routes to better reflect expected demand and to reduce cash burn. We regret the impact these difficult decisions will have on our employees who have worked very hard during the pandemic looking after our customers, as well as on the affected communities,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.
Air Canada says it will cut its capacity by 25 per cent, resulting in the loss of about 1,700 jobs AFP via Getty Images