Air Canada says it will reduce 1,700 jobs because it scales down flights for the stability of the primary quarter of 2021.
The 25-per-cent discount in service will additionally have an effect on 200 staff at Air Canada’s Express carriers, the corporate mentioned Wednesday morning.
With the discount, Air Canada’s capability within the first quarter of 2021 will be about 20 per cent of its capability through the first quarter of 2019, the corporate says.
Lucie Guillemette, Air Canada’s govt vice-president and chief industrial officer, mentioned in a statement that elevated journey restrictions by federal and provincial governments have had a right away impression on the corporate’s bookings.
“While this is not the news we were hoping to announce this early into the year, we are nonetheless encouraged that Health Canada has already approved two vaccines and that the government of Canada expects the vast majority of eligible Canadians to be vaccinated by September,” she mentioned.
“We look forward to seeing our business start to return to normal and to bringing back some of our more than 20,000 employees currently on furlough and layoff.”
Air Canada notified airports in Atlantic Canada this week that it could reduce further routes within the area, suspending all flights in Gander, N.L., Goose Bay, N.L., and Fredericton, N.B., till additional discover. It additionally mentioned it was suspending passenger service to Yellowknife on Jan. 23.
Air Canada is contacting affected prospects to supply them choices comparable to refunds or different journey preparations.