Air France could cut thousands of jobs by 2022

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The Air France group plans to cut more than 7,500 jobs by the end of 2022, union sources told AFP on Tuesday.This includes 6,560 jobs with Air France and more than 1,000 with the regional airline Hop !.

The job cuts will mainly relate to natural departures not replaced and voluntary departures, according to the unions.

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Two hop! maintenance sites would be threatened with closure, as would an Air France flight crew base in Toulouse.

At Air France, departures would be through collective agreements for aircrew, while a voluntary departure plan is preferred for ground staff. Management would like to start negotiations with the ground staff unions in early July for the first departures in early 2021.

Contacted by AFP, the airline said it wanted to reserve “the first presentation of its strategic directions and their impact on employment to the social partners and employee representative bodies, which it will hold on Friday, July 3” during ‘a central economic and social committee meeting.

“The lasting decline in activity and the economic context linked to the Covid-19 crisis oblige to accelerate the transformation of Air France”, explained the airline, adding that they are studying “all the tools that will allow Air France to adjust its workforce to the drop in activity, favoring volunteering and mobility. ”

The aviation industry as a whole has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with tens of thousands of jobs threatened at Lufthansa, British Airways and American Delta Airlines.

The French State, shareholder of Air France-KLM, provided financial support of 7 billion euros, including 4 billion euros in guaranteed bank loans and 3 billion euros in direct loans, asking it to improve its profitability and its environmental impact.

In response, Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith announced in late May the 40% reduction in the French network by the end of 2021.

The Brussels Times

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