air canada layoffs 2020

This is how people reacted to news Air Canada is laying off up to 60% of their workforce

Air Canada has announced it's cutting its workforce by at least half next month, and people are shocked by the staggering number of layoffs. 

The country's largest airline will be firing "approximately 50 to 60 per cent" of their 38,000 employees come June 7, said the company in a memo to staff Friday. 

Anywhere between 19,000 to 22,800 people will be affected by the layoff. 

The airline industry has been one of those hardest hit during the global pandemic, but people have taken to social media to offer up their two cents on Air Canada's decision, and what it all means for Canadians travelling. 

The airline is now flying at around five per cent of the capacity it flew this time last year. According to Craig Landry, Air Canada's executive VP of operations, the airline is losing $22 million per day.

Many of its flights these days are dedicated to cargo only.

"Sadly, today the hard truth is that by every indicator we have available to us, we believe that we will be materially smaller for at least three years," said Landry in the e-mail. 

The airline was able to rehire thousands of employees, including 6,800 flight attendants , last month through Ottawa's wage subsidy program, but most of those workers have stayed home as planes remain grounded.

They're hoping to build up to 25 per cent capacity of flights later this year, but that all depends on what the Federal government's travel restrictions will look like in the coming months. 

Under the Quarantine Act, all non-essential travel outside of Canada has been banned until further notice. 

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