WestJet's annnouncement on Wednesday of organizational changes across its network is bad news for its staff working at Thunder Bay Airport.
The pandemic has seen the airline park two-thirds of its fleet after border shutdowns prompted it to suspend most of its schedule - including all worldwide trips - in late March.
Calling it one of the company's "difficult, but essential" decisions, WestJet has announced it is laying off some 3,333 workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Today is the toughest of all of these hard days as we look to provide thousands of our own employees with clarity on their roles at WestJet and the future of our airline", the company said in a Tweet.
WestJet has continued to operate service to all 38 year-round domestic airports during the pandemic to ensure essential lifelines for travel and cargo remained open but overall, the airline's scheduled operations have been reduced by more than 90 per cent year over year.
(MENAFN - Baystreet.ca) More layoffs are hitting Canada's airline industry as border closures and travel restrictions remain in place.
This is just another step the airline has taken to mitigate damages from the COVID crisis; others have included a hiring freeze, suspended salary adjustments and executive salary cuts.
"We will seek to find a suitable partner who can provide high airport service levels through their commitment to hire as many of our affected WestJetters as possible", Sims said in the video.