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Canada's second largest airline cuts almost half its staff

Canada's second largest airline cuts almost half its staff

Created: March 24, 2020 02:38 PM

TORONTO (AP) - Canada's second biggest airline, WestJet, says almost half its employees are leaving the company amid the pandemic as it seeks to survive until things stabilize.

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WestJet said Tuesday that 6,900 employees are leaving, with 90 percent leaving voluntarily. The company had 14,000 employees before the announcement.

Chief executive Ed Sims says in a statement that those leaving include early retirements, resignations and both voluntary and involuntary layoffs.

The Calgary, Alberta-based company has canceled all international flights for 30 days and, like Air Canada, severely scaled back domestic capacity.

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