1,500 Job Cuts at Air Canada as Routes Slashed and Airport Stations Closed

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1,500 Job Cuts at Air Canada as Routes Slashed and Airport Stations Closed

The move follows a decision last week to temporarily shut down all Rouge flights, which resulted in the loss of 80 jobs.

“This is due to the federal government’s introduction of a mandatory arrival quarantine as well as the continued suspension of flights to Mexico and the Caribbean,” said CUPE, the company’s largest union. Aerial.

At least 900 of the jobs lost will come from CUPE members.

Route suspensions

The airline is also shutting down service on 17 other routes starting next week, including:

  • Toronto to Fort Myers, Florida.
  • Toronto to Boston.
  • Toronto to Washington, DC (Reagan)
  • Toronto to Denver
  • Toronto to New York (LaGuardia)
  • From Montreal to Boston.
  • Montreal to LaGuardia.
  • Vancouver to Seattle.
  • Toronto to Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Toronto to Dubai.
  • Toronto to São Paulo, Brésil.
  • Toronto to Hong Kong.
  • Toronto to Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • Montreal to Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Vancouver to London, United Kingdom
  • Vancouver to Tokyo (Narita).
  • Toronto to Dublin, Ireland.

Calgary-based independent airline analyst Rick Erickson, who has no financial relationship with Air Canada, called the news “another blow to Canada’s airline industry.”

The job cuts mean Air Canada has essentially halved its workforce, from about 40,000 people before the pandemic to about 20,000 today. WestJet has cut even more, he says, from 14,000 workers previously to just about 3,500 today.

Erickson said he was more surprised by the road suspensions, as not all of them are destined for sun destinations in the United States and the Caribbean covered by the new travel rules.

Removing Air Canada from these routes will do little to limit travel, as foreign airlines will likely maintain service.

“The situation is dire,” he said. “The airlines have had no choice but to keep making cuts. ”