WestJet Airways Ltd. will lay off 120 cabin crew members as of March 2, blaming the measure on the shortage of flights to Mexico and the Caribbean.
The workers had been informed concerning the extra cuts on Friday morning, WestJet spokeswoman Morgan Bell stated.
“We proceed to offer all eligible laid-off workers entry to CEWS [Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy] and haven’t any extra workforce updates to announce presently,” Bell stated.
The layoffs come as Canadian airways agree, on the request of the federal authorities, to droop all flights to Mexico and the Caribbean till April 30.
Canada can be implementing new measures comparable to obligatory lodge quarantines for worldwide travellers arriving within the nation, in an effort to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19.
In response to the brand new authorities measures, Air Canada stated Friday that it’s weighing measures comparable to shortened work weeks to briefly cut back administration ranges as a method of preserving money.
“We proceed to handle staffing ranges by way of mitigation because the state of affairs requires, simply as we now have carried out because the begin of the pandemic,” Air Canada spokeswoman Pascale Dery stated.
Air Canada additionally stated this week that it’ll pause all operations of Air Canada Rouge and lay off 80 workers beginning Feb. 8 because of the flight suspensions.
Air Canada’s flights to Mexico and the Caribbean had been operated primarily by Rouge, Air Canada stated Thursday. Rouge’s operations had been suspended for a part of 2020, however had been resumed forward of the winter journey season.
Friday’s announcement by WestJet follows different rounds of layoffs within the airline sector because the begin of 2021, after a spike in virus circumstances prompted extra journey restrictions.
Air Canada introduced final month that it could lay off round 1,700 staff and minimize extra routes after seeing a drop in journey demand. WestJet additionally laid off 1,000 staff in January and additional decreased its flight schedule.
As of Jan. 7, travellers to Canada have been required to point out proof of a destructive COVID-19 take a look at, a measure that airways say has had an instantaneous affect on bookings.