Air Canada set to recall 2,600 workers as demand for travel rebounds

From The Globe and Mail – link to source story

MONTREAL, THE CANADIAN PRESS | JUNE 10, 2021

Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on April 28, 2021. Air Canada says it will recall more than 2,600 employees who were furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic. NATHAN DENETTE/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Air Canada AC-T -1.11% decrease says it will recall more than 2,600 employees as it prepares for an increase in demand for flights.

The airline says those being recalled will include employees in various roles, including flight attendants, and will be brought back in stages in June and July.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick says the airline moved to recall the workers because it is seeing vaccinations increase, COVID-19 cases decline and governments ease restrictions.

He says the recall is part of its efforts to rebuild the airline’s network and meet the expected demand for travel.

Air Canada laid off tens of thousands of workers as the pandemic swept Canada, including 16,500 last March, when the crisis began.

In April, the airline reached an agreement with Ottawa for a $5.9-billion aid package.