fbpx
Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
Home » Supply Chain » AIRLINES: Air Canada to lay off 16,500 workers on COVID19 crisis

AIRLINES: Air Canada to lay off 16,500 workers on COVID19 crisis

PortandTerminal.com, March 30, 2020

TORONTOAir Canada plans to layoff 15,000 staff due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company made the announcement in a memo obtained by CityNews.

“Other than returning the remaining Canadians home and continuing a skeleton operation, we will be essentially ‘closed for business’ for most of the quarter,” said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, executive vice president, chief human resources and communications officer.

Effective this Friday, the layoffs of 15,200 unionized workers and 1,300 managers will last through April and May amid drastically reduced flight capacity from the Montreal-based airline.

“To furlough such a large proportion of our employees is an extremely painful decision but one we are required to take given our dramatically smaller operations for the next while,” chief executive Calin Rovinescu said in a statement.

Air Canada said its cost reduction scheme aims to save at least $500 million. It includes a pledge from both the CEO and chief financial officer Mike Rousseau to forego 100 per cent of their salaries, while the rest of the executive team will give up between 25 per cent and 50 per cent.

The company will draw down about $1 billion in lines of credit to provide additional liquidity for a carrier that has a $7.3 billion cash cushion to fall back on — more than the most profitable U.S. carrier, Delta Air Lines.

The pandemic has cost thousands of jobs in the airline sector. Transat AT Inc. has laid off at least 3,600 flight attendants while WestJet has seen 6,900 departures including early retirements, resignations and both voluntary and involuntary leaves.

WestJet said Monday it is cancelling all transatlantic and U.S. routes until May 4, extending its 30-day suspension by two more weeks.

Both Air Transat and Porter Airlines have halted all flights.

Other articles you may find interesting

Copyright © 2020 PortandTerminal.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

Check Also

Video grab. Woman in life vest. Floating at sea

A Life Saved – Woman Near Death Rescued at Sea (VIDEO)

PortandTerminal.com, September 28, 2020 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – We have very little background information as …

Norway's leader addressing UN conference by video

Norway Warns of the Forgotten Victims of Covid – Seafarers

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 By Lars Erik Taraldsen for Bloomberg — Norway’s Prime Minister Erna …