Air Canada says it can reduce 1,700 jobs because it scales down flights for the steadiness of the primary quarter of 2021.
The 25-per-cent discount in service will even have an effect on 200 staff at Air Canada’s Specific carriers, the corporate stated Wednesday morning.
With the discount, Air Canada’s capability within the first quarter of 2021 shall be about 20 per cent of its capability in the course of the first quarter of 2019, the corporate says.
Lucie Guillemette, Air Canada’s govt vice-president and chief industrial officer, stated in a statement that elevated journey restrictions by federal and provincial governments have had an instantaneous impression on the corporate’s bookings.
“Whereas this isn’t the information we have been hoping to announce this early into the yr, we’re nonetheless inspired that Well being Canada has already authorised two vaccines and that the federal government of Canada expects the overwhelming majority of eligible Canadians to be vaccinated by September,” she stated.
“We look ahead to seeing our enterprise begin to return to regular and to bringing again a few of our greater than 20,000 staff presently on furlough and layoff.”
Air Canada notified airports in Atlantic Canada this week that it will reduce extra routes within the area, suspending all flights in Gander, N.L., Goose Bay, N.L., and Fredericton, N.B., till additional discover. It additionally stated it was suspending passenger service to Yellowknife on Jan. 23.
Air Canada is contacting affected prospects to supply them choices corresponding to refunds or different journey preparations.