Air Canada to furlough 16,000+ employees because of coronavirus outbreak

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(CNN) — More than 16,000 Air Canada workers will soon be out of a job because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The airline says it will start temporary layoffs later this week. The move comes after the outbreak grounded most of Air Canada’s international and US flights.

The pandemic has cost thousands of jobs in Canada’s airline business, but Air Canada says it has more than $7 billion in cash to cushion the impact.

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