WestJet to stand down 1000 employees, reduce capacity by 80%

    WestJet announced (08-Jan-2021) the following reductions to its operations due to continuing travel advisories and restrictions: 

    • 1000 employees to be stood down through a combination of furloughs, temporary layoffs, unpaid leave and reduced hours. There will also be a hiring freeze;
    • Approximately 30% of planned Feb-2021 and Mar-2021 capacity to be removed from the schedule, an 80% year-on-year reduction;
    • Domestic frequencies to be reduced by 160 departures;
    • International capacity will be down 93%, with the carrier to operate five daily flights compared to 100 in 2020;
    • The airline will operate approximately 150 daily departures, returning to Jun-2001 levels. [more – original PR]
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