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Ottawa, March 23 (Canadian-Media): About 3,600 employees of Transat AT Inc. including all flight crew personnel, about 70 percent, have been temporarily laid off in Canada, some from immediate effect and others with advance notice of up to one month, media reports said.
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The decision came with the Canada's border being closed to non-essential international travel which came to a standstill and gradually to many operations are being stopped gradually in order to enable it to repatriate as many of its customers as possible to their home countries.
"We are doing this with great sadness and we hope that everyone will be able to return to work as quickly as possible," Transat chief executive Jean-Marc Eustache said in a statement.
About 40,000, or more than 60 percent of Transat's customers had been returned to Canada by March 22.
Prior to the full suspension of Transat's operation, the final Air Transat flight is scheduled for April 1., the company said.
Members of the board of directors as well as those executives who are not being laid off have accepted voluntary pay cuts, said Transat.
Similar lay off measures are being implemented in the other countries where Transat has employees, said the company.