Due to the impacts of the COVID-19, and to mitigate the pressure on its finances, the Jean-Lesage international Airport of Quebec (YQB) is at the foot of permanently one-third of its employees, or 46 workers.
This bad news came a few days after disclosure of the financial results of the facility to 2019. During this press conference, the management had also provided an update on its financial situation and its forecasts for the next year.
For 2020, the direction of YQB already envisages a deficit of ” several million dollars “. Moreover, it does not return to normal in regards to the traffic before 2023 or 2024.
“In order to limit our financial losses, cumulative, we had to make the decision difficult, but inevitable, adjustments permanent to our organizational structure “, has confirmed to the Newspaper the spokesman, Laurianne Lapierre, specifying the number of positions to be abolished.
This restructuring is part of the “new operational reality” of québec city and in anticipation of “the recovery of air traffic in the medium and long term,” she continued. Between march and may, the financial losses of YBQ have been $10.7 million.
In march, the administration had temporarily laid off about forty workers, while the number of links had declined considerably. Since then, senior management has also revised its wage decline of 20 %.
In recent weeks, the carrier Air Transat has announced to put on hold its flights to Quebec, and Sunwing still has no timeline for the resumption of its activities.