The airline plans to close at London in the summer of 2013 and wanted to give their workforce as much advance notice as was possible.
Jazz is in the process of upgrading to a newer fleet of aircraft and the new planes will need less maintenance.
Workers in London may have the opportunity to relocate to Halifax if they are able to do so.
London Airport Authority president Mike Seabrook called the decision by Jazz disappointing, but understandable.
‘There had been rumours circulating for some time and the airport authority knew that Jazz was looking at their maintenance operations.
Jazz’s facilities in Halifax are larger and have greater attributes than the ones in London, Seabrook said.
“It was unfortunate but it was a business decision that is hard to argue with.”‘
London Mayor Paul Hubert said he obviously disppointed by the news:
“It is 200 people who have families here in this city,” Hubert said.
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