WestJet is rehiring nearly 6,400 workers in Canada
WestJet is set to rehire about 6,400 previously laid off workers after the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy was extended to include more businesses.
WestJet announced last month that it would be laying off half of its 14,000 employees, amounting to roughly 6,900 positions.
Our President and CEO, Ed Sims, reiterates our commitment to WestJetters and Canadians. 🇨🇦— WestJet (@WestJet) April 9, 2020
The aviation industry will play a primary role in kickstarting the strong recovery of the Canadian economy. The people of WestJet are proud and prepared to play our part. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/g9B7d5ptgO
The news follows Air Canada's announcement earlier this week that it's been able to rehire 16,500 employees after the Canadian government moved to expanded the subsidy to include businesses that have lost at least 30 per cent of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy was created to assist businesses who have had to let go of staff by covering 75 per cent of wages. It originally included only small and medium size businesses.
WestJet says that it will be offering about half the number of flights in Canada as the airline industry continues to see a reduced demand for travel.
Our Cargo operations are helping keep vital supply chains open and moving by flying thousands of pounds of critical supplies each day. We're shipping perishables, pharmaceuticals, blood products and many other necessary items. 🇨🇦 https://t.co/gsQfEkjCzN pic.twitter.com/5IOb5szeJc— WestJet (@WestJet) April 9, 2020
The airline also continues to run its cargo operations to deliver needed supplies throughout the country.
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