Air Transat cuts 200 flight attendant positions in Vancouver

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Air Transat is abolishing 200 flight attendant positions in Vancouver

The company wants centralize its operations in Eastern Canada, in Montreal and Toronto. (Archives)

In an effort to centralize its operations in Eastern Canada, Transat A.T. announces the transfer of 200 Air Transat flight attendant positions from Vancouver to Montreal and Toronto by the summer. /p>

Our business model is changing and is leading us to review the management of our operations and crews. As a result, Transat [A.T.] announced this morning to its [employees] the relocation of flight personnel from Vancouver to Montreal and Toronto by next July, writes in an email the director of marketing, public relations and social media of the company, Bernard Côté.

Transat A.T. indicates that the number of its employees will remain the same in Canada, but will be centralized in the east of the country, where the company estimates to have a strong historic and commercial footprint.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents the majority of flight attendants in Canada, says it is appalled by the news of the closure of the Air Transat base at Vancouver Airport.

In a statement, it says it will try to negotiate with the employer adequate severance packages for its members who will lose their jobs, as well as relocation allowances for those who will change jobs. base.

Transat [A.T.] must assume its responsibilities towards its employees whom it will lay off or transfer thousands of kilometers away, affirms Dominic Levasseur, president of the component Air Transat of CUPE.

Despite our understanding of the economic imperatives that forced Air Transat to make this unfortunate decision, the fact remains that our members in Vancouver have dedicated , for the most part, decades of loyal service to the company, he adds.

Transat A.T. specifies that its local maintenance team will remain in place to maintain the aircraft, and that the frequency of flights to and from Vancouver will be main outfit.

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