Westjet said late Wednesday it would add 6,400 laid off employees to the payroll, thanks to a federal wage subsidy.
The head of Canada’s second-largest airline is thankful regulators are not forcing him to refund money to people whose travel plans have been cancelled by COVID-19.
The number of layoffs announced in the Canadian aviation industry passed a grim milestone this week – more than 20-thousand people furloughed from their jobs keeping Canada moving.
“This is devastating news for all Westjetters.” Westjet announced 6,900 jobs would be cut as the world’s airlines ring the alarm over the industry’s future.
Westjet released its reduced domestic schedule as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It plans 1,522 weekly flights to 33 cities across Canada.
Starting Monday, Westjet and its ultra low-cost subsidiary Swoop will launch three days of rescue flights to bring thousands of Canadians home from their holiday destinations.
Westjet will suspend its international operations as of Sunday as the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic exact their toll on air operations between Canada and the rest of the world.
Canada’s Westjet is preparing for a 40 to 60 per cent capacity cut as it copes with a drop off in demand due to Covid-19.