Jazz to cut 200 jobs from London operations



John Miner, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:21 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. - Two-hundred aircraft maintenance workers will lose their jobs when Jazz airlines shifts them away from its London, Ont., operations by next summer.

Jazz made the announcement in the southwestern Ontario city Thursday morning.

London has been hit hard by manufacturing job losses in the past few years.

Chorus Aviation Inc., which owns Jazz, plans to consolidate its heavy maintenance work at its base in Halifax.

Chorus spokesperson Debra Williams said the decision to cut the London maintenance operations was part of a move by Chorus to buy new aircraft for its Jazz fleet.

The newer aircraft mean less maintenance work, she said.

The cuts include 158 London maintenance employees, plus about 40 more management and support staff.

The workers are represented by the Canadian Auto Workers.