The air carrier WestJet announced Wednesday, 3000 further staff redundancies due to the decrease in its activities due to the COVID-19.
With these new layoffs, so they are nearly 10, 000 employees on the 14 000 members of the company, based in Calgary, who have lost their jobs. WestJet had announced on march 24, a first wave of 6900 layoffs.
“The crisis made sure that WestJet has yet to make critical decisions to ensure the viability of our airline. With less than 5 % of the number of passengers pre-COVID-19, there was simply not working,” explained the president and ceo of the airline, Ed Sims, in a statement published on the website of the company.
Last Sunday, the airline alberta announced that it was withdrawing approximately 600 daily flights from its schedule, from 5 may to 4 June. WestJet, despite everything, continue to serve the 38 canadian airports where its planes were in the habit of asking, in particular, to transport shipments of medical equipment and food.
The direct flights are offered by WestJet between Montreal and Calgary and Montreal and Vancouver have been cancelled in the wake of that reduction in service.
“These decisions, while difficult, were taken methodically, after reflection, so that we can get through the crisis and be ready for the future, where we can offer our employees full-time jobs again,” said Mr. Sims.
Moreover, the CEO indicated that his company will have recourse to the wage subsidy emergency of Canada to retain a portion of the remaining employees.