Coronavirus: Calgary Airport Authority lays off one-third of staff as travel drops

The Calgary Airport Authority confirmed Friday it’s saying goodbye to one-third of its staff due to plummeting passenger volumes as countries suspend flights in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The recent events are far beyond what any of us could have ever imagined,” said Reid Fiest, the media and external communications manager with Calgary Airport Authority.

“At YYC, we call our staff ‘crew’ because they’re all part of our guests’ travel journey.”

“With passenger volumes decreasing dramatically, our airport has been forced to say farewell to talented, valued and committed Crew members, many on a temporary basis.”

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On March 18, Air Canada said it would “gradually suspend” the majority of its international flights by the end of March amid Canada’s and other countries’ moves to close their borders and slow the spread of the virus.

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