Recall is part of efforts to rebuild airline’s network, meet expected demand for travel, spokesperson says.
Air Canada has said it will recall more than 2,600 employees as it prepares for an increase in travel demand, while also extending the deadline for COVID-19 refunds.
The airline said the employees being recalled will include various staff positions, including flight attendants, and will be brought back incrementally in June and July.
Air Canada laid off tens of thousands of workers as the pandemic swept the country, including 16,500 last March, when the crisis began.
Spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said the airline moved to recall the workers amid increasing vaccinations, declining COVID-19 cases and a relaxing of government restrictions.
He said the recall is part of its efforts to rebuild the airline’s network and meet the expected demand for travel.
In April, the airline reached an agreement with Ottawa for a $5.9-billion aid package.