VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s the first round of layoffs for YVR.
In an emailed statement on Wednesday afternoon, the Vancouver Airport Authority, which runs the airport, revealed it is offering voluntary departure packages to its 500 employee workforce.
That’s as the aviation industry continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with less passenger traffic for the foreseeable future.
Employees were notified on Wednesday that the authority is “undergoing workforce reductions”.
Expect layoffs at the Vancouver Airport Authority. Today, staff were offered voluntary departure packages due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The layoffs involve the authority’s 500 employees, which include administrative staff, human resources and engineering. @NEWS1130
— Tarnjit Parmar (@Tarnjitkparmar) April 30, 2020
Layoffs will follow, but the authority hasn’t given a specific timeline but did suggest an update will be shared in around two weeks.
These layoffs are contained to the organization itself and not the broader YVR workforce of 26,000 people.