Thursday, July 10, 2008

Air Canada to lay off 632 flight attendants, close bases

Air CanadaAir Canada has informed its flight attendants' union of plans to lay off 632 cabin crew in the coming months. The layoffs of 9% of the carrier's flight attendants are a part of its Air Canada's capacity reduction plans, announced last month, which will result in cuts of up to 2,000 positions across all levels of the organization.

Air Canada officials said that 300 flight attendant positions will be eliminated from Vancouver, due to a decrease in international long-haul flights from that base. In addition, Air Canada will close its flight attendant bases at Winnipeg and Halifax as of November 1. As a result, 145 flight attendant jobs in Winnipeg, and 187 in Halifax will be lost. According to news reports, Air Canada may offer some flight attendants who are losing their jobs at those bases an opportunity to transfer to Toronto or Montreal.

Air Canada flight attendants are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). An article about the Air Canada layoffs on the CBC News website quotes Lisa Vivian Anthony, president of CUPE Local 4090 in Halifax, who said, "We are shocked and we are in a state of disbelief. Our base has been in operation in Halifax for 32 years, so this is essentially the end of an era for us."


Anonymous said...

Hi Bobbie,

I know I'm WAY off topic, but I just don't know where to post this comment, and I'm hoping you can help;

Have you had any reports of BED BUGS at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel?

My husband is a 777 FO Continental Airlines traveling frequently to TLV. In fact, as I'm writing this, he's boarding his commute flight in Newark headed home to Phoenix ... and he's sporting dozens of very itchy little red bites which we strongly suspect are Bed Bug bites.

When he mentioned the bites to the front desk at checkout yesterday, he was pretty much poo-poo'd, but I take the matter very seriously. As a former corporate travel manager, I had many occasions to deal with travelers returning from hotel stays (some in 5-star hotels) with Bed Bug bites. Many who brought the little biters home to their families in suitcases unknowingly.

I'd be very interested to know if you or any of your readers have had recent problems at the David. Any information you can share will be appreciated.

Lori (
Peoria, AZ