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WestJet cuts workforce in half due to low demand and closure of international borders

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WestJet announcing Tuesday it has cut its workforce in half as 6,900 people received notices confirming early retirement, early outs and both voluntary and involuntary leaves.

President and CEO Ed Sims says it’s devastating news for all WestJetters and the fact the airline avoided a potentially worse outcome is a testament to the spirit and selfless attitude demonstrated by employees.

WestJet will continue to operate with a collective remaining workforce of 7,100.

Sims says two-thirds of the airline’s fleet has been grounded due to low demand and closure of international borders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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