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WestJet Suspends Atlantic Canada Routes, Slashes More Jobs

As airlines try to adjust schedules to fit demand, numerous airlines have cut service to cities across their route network. Calgary, Canada-based WestJet has become the latest carrier to do so, announcing cuts to their Atlantic Canada network effective Nov. 2. The Calgary-based airline announced the indefinite suspension of operations in Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney and Charlottetown, all cities in eastern Canada. The airline also significantly trimmed its schedules for Halifax and Saint John’s, Canada. Suspended Routes Route Current Frequency Halifax…

As CARES Act Funding Expires, Thousands Brace for Job and…

CARES Act funding ran out at midnight on Thursday morning, and tens of thousands of airline employees braced for furlough as congress failed to make a job-saving funding extension.  When the U.S. passed the CARES Act in March, among its terms were a prohibition on involuntary layoffs or furloughs through…

Due to Weak Recovery, Lufthansa Further Reduces Fleet and Staff

The summer has passed and the prospects for the aviation industry's recovery are once again exhausted. The high season ends and, except for some signs of recovery in demand that was seen in July and August, the market again shows the impact of COVID-19 on European aviation. For that reason,…

American Airlines Cuts 19,000 Jobs

American Airlines announced Tuesday morning that it will cut 19,000 jobs on Oct. 1 when federal subsidies from the CARES Act run out. Per the money it received, the airline was not allowed to involuntarily cut any staff through Sept. 30. Cuts in October will include about 17,500 flight attendants,…

EasyJet to Offer Pilots Alternative to Layoffs

In a move that may become increasingly common among airlines seeking to avoid layoffs, EasyJet will be offering pilots an alternative to being made redundant. The plan will offer pilots seasonal contracts, working for parts of the year and taking the rest of the year off. The offer comes as…

U.S. Airline Furloughs: Where We Stand

When SARS-CoV-2, the novel Coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19, first reached the U.S., nobody really knew how the disease, which at the time had not yet been granted pandemic status by the World Health Organization, would impact life in this country. Yet as the disease spread throughout the country throughout…

Turkish Airlines Announces Deep Pay Cuts to Avoid Forced Layoffs

Turkish Airlines announced that it will implement pay cuts to protect employment and reduce its cash outflow in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The news comes after the airline announced that the Labor Union did not respond to the airline’s offer and its expectations and calls for reconciliation remained…

Southwest Airlines Will Not Furlough Workers On Oct. 1

Southwest Airlines has announced it will not furlough or lay off any workers on Oct. 1, the first day it is allowed to per its CARES Act terms. Company CEO Gary Kelly made the announcement on Friday in a letter seen by AirlineGeeks. Kelly’s letter was cautiously optimistic, committing to…

American Airlines Announces Furlough Notices

American Airlines became the most recent carrier to send Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) letters to its employees. These letters indicate that potential layoffs or furloughs are possible in the near future as air travel demand continues to suffer due to COVID-19.  In a letter to employees, CEO Doug…

Southwest Warns of Airline’s First Round of Furloughs Amid Pandemic

While the demand for travel continues to slowly increase around the world, things are not all positive in the airline industry. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is facing the possibility of having to carry out furloughs unless passenger numbers change drastically.  While the exact number of possible layoffs was not announced, it…