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Greater Toronto Airport Authority cutting 500 positions due to drop in traffic


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The operator of Canada’s largest airport is cutting the size of its workforce by 27 per cent due to a reduction of traffic at Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority says of the 500 positions to be eliminated, 300 will involve layoffs and voluntary departures.

The rest of the positions are currently vacant.

The GTAA says passenger levels at Pearson have fallen to 1996 operating levels since the COVID-19 pandemic slowed the amount of air travel.

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It says some of the cuts are effective today and employee departures will continue through the fall.

The airport operator says it’s also working with the Unifor union and Pearson Airport’s firefighter association to implement the changes while respecting their labour contracts.