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WestJet lays off nearly 7,000 employees

WestJet has been forced to basically cut its workforce in half.

Around 6,900 of the airline’s 14,000 employees are leaving the company due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Ed Sims, president and CEO of WestJet, it’s a combination of early retirements, early outs and both voluntary and involuntary leaves.

“This is devastating news for all WestJetters,” said Sims.

“The fact that we avoided a potentially worse outcome is testament to the spirit and selfless attitude demonstrated by our people, who have enabled WestJet to continue operating with a collective remaining workforce of 7,100.”

<who>Photo Credit: WestJet

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, WestJet has implemented a number of cost-cutting measures and today’s move is just the latest.

There’s already been cuts to the company’s workforce, a significant decrease in flights and pay cuts from the executive team.

Sims added that “it is through these WestJetters’ sacrifices that we can preserve a core of people who will remain employed to prepare for the moment when the situation stabilizes, and we can look to rise again.”



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