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Vancouver Airport Authority announces layoffs due to COVID-19

Last Updated Apr 29, 2020 at 8:17 pm PDT

FILE: A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Summary

The Vancouver Airport Authority, which runs the airport, is offering voluntary departure packages to its 500 employees

The layoffs come as the aviation industry continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Employees were notified on Wednesday that the authority must begin the process of reducing costs, and include layoffs

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”.

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.