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Air France-KLM admits overstaffing problems

AFP · 25 May 2012, 06:06

Published: 25 May 2012 06:06 GMT+02:00

Air France-KLM, the struggling Franco-Dutch airline group, warned on Thursday it was overstaffed but said it was still seeking ways to avoid forced departures as part of its turnaround plans.

It was the first time Air France-KLM, which employs 53,000 people, publicly referred to an excess of staff.

In a progress report on a three-year turnaround strategy announced in January, the company also said 34 planes would be cut from its short- and medium-haul Air France fleet of 250 aircraft by 2014.

Chief executive Alexandre de Juniac explained that most of the planes were leased and would be returned.

The fleet for Air France-KLM's low-cost unit Transavia, which operates flights to destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean, would however triple in size from eight to to 22 planes by 2016, the company said.

Newspaper reports on Monday said Air France-KLM was looking to cut 5,000 jobs over three years, about half through voluntary payoffs.

According to French daily Le Figaro, management is counting on 800 people leaving the company through normal attrition, but will also open a voluntary buyout offer for all personnel, including pilots.

French news site LaTribune.fr said the buyout offer would affect 2,500 to 3,000 jobs.

The cost-cutting plan, including wage freezes and investment reductions, aims at saving at least two billion euros ($2.6 billion), reducing debt and increasing productivity by 20 percent.

Air France-KLM aims to reduce its net debt by two billion euros to about 4.5 billion euros by the end of 2014.


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