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Travel company Transat AT lays off 3,600 staff, about 70 per cent of workforce

Last Updated Mar 23, 2020 at 10:30 am PDT

An Air Transat sign is seen Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Summary

Transat AT Inc. says it has temporarily laid off about 3,600 people amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The decision comes as non-essential travel around the world comes to a standstill

The layoffs include all flight crew personnel

MONTREAL — Transat AT Inc. says it has temporarily laid off about 70 per cent of its workforce in Canada, about 3,600 people.

The decision comes as non-essential travel around the world comes to a standstill as governments close borders in an effort to slow the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transat says some of these layoffs are effective immediately, while others will take effect following advance notice of up to one month.

The layoffs include all flight crew personnel.

The company says the final Air Transat flight prior to the full suspension of its operations is scheduled for April 1.

Transat says operations are being stopped gradually in order to enable it to repatriate as many of its customers as possible to their home countries.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 23, 2020.

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