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NewsAlert: Air Canada laying off more than 5,000 workers amid COVID-19 pandemic


MONTREAL — A union official says Air Canada is laying off more than 5,000 flight attendants as the country's largest airline cuts routes and parks planes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says the carrier is laying off about 3,600 mainline employees as well as all of Air Canada Rouge's 1,549 flight attendants.

Air Canada says the layoffs are temporary.

More to come.

The Canadian Press