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Air Canada cuts jobs, flouts Ottawa's kinder, gentler policy

CANADIAN Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government blasted Air Canada after the it cut jobs and routes due to tightening restrictions on travel to fight the Covid crisis, reports London's Air Cargo News

19 January 2021 - 19:00
CANADIAN Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government blasted Air Canada after the it cut jobs and routes due to tightening restrictions on travel to fight the Covid crisis, reports London's Air Cargo News.

Air Canada will reduce flights 25 per cent from its planned capacity, resulting in 1,900 lost jobs. WestJet Airlines announced similar cuts the week before.



Air Canada is suspending flights to some remote regions, including all routes serving Labrador on the Atlantic coast due to weak demand.



'Before we spend one penny of taxpayer money on airlines, we will ensure that Canadians get their refunds, regional communities retain air connections to the rest of Canada and Canadian air carriers maintain their status as key customers of Canada's aerospace industry,' said Transport Minister Omar Alghabra associate Allison St Jean.



Airlines have been vocal about Canada's closed borders and strict measures resulting in a suppressed demand for travel.



So has Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union. Unifor President Jerry Dias wasn't aware of any meaningful negotiations between the government and the airlines.



'All of the major carriers, the governments, have all said: we understand that this is Armageddon - but our government has done nothing. Air Canada is losing millions a day. I've never been one to take the company position but the fact is, they're losing millions of dollars a day,' said Mr Dias.


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