Air Canada announced 5,000 new job cuts Wednesday and said it would pare its flight schedule by 20 per cent and pull 84 aircraft from service in the aftermath of this month's devastating terrorist attacks in the United States.
In a statement, the carrier said job cuts would total 9,000, although 4,000 of those were already announced by the carrier in August.
Of the new cuts, 4,000 will be at the carrier's main operation, while another 1,000 will come from its regional operations.
"Today I'm making the most difficult announcement in my career as president and CEO of Air Canada," Robert Milton, the carrier's top executive, told more than 200 reporters and analysts during a conference call.
"However, the catastrophic events of Sept. 11 and their unprecedented impact on the airline industry have left Air Canada, like very other global carrier, with little choice."
Mr. Milton also said the carrier hopes, when times improve, that it will be able to recall laid off workers. However, he also cautioned that further cuts could be required as the industry continues to feel the impact of this month's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
Mr. Milton also emphasized that the layoffs have nothing to do with the purchase of Canadian Airlines but rather the "unforeseen and horrific events" related to the attacks. Source.