Air Canada is laying off more than 5,000 flight attendants as the country’s largest airline cuts routes amid plunging demand.
The Montreal carrier is laying off about 3,600 employees, plus 1,549 flight attendants at its low-cost subsidiary Rouge, according to Wesley Lesosky, head of the Air Canada component of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
The layoffs will take effect by April and affect roughly 60 per cent of flight attendants. Air Canada says it will suspend most of its international and US flights by March 31. The carrier says employees will be returned to active duty status once flights resume.