Reuters has reported Air France confirmed its intention to cut approximately 7,500 jobs, the news source said.
The cuts include 1,000 jobs eliminated from regional carrier HOP!, Air France´s sister airline, which represent 42% of staff.
The French flag carrier, part of Franco-Dutch group Air France-KLM, said it had lost EUR 15 million a day during the worst part of the COVID-19 crisis, which also saw its revenues plunge by 95%. It did not see traffic returning to 2019 levels before 2024.
The French government – which granted Air France 7 billion euros (USD 7.9 billion) in aid, including state-backed loans, to help it to survive – has urged the airline to avoid compulsory layoffs.
In its statement, Air France said it would give priority to voluntary departures, early retirement and staff mobility. It did not rule out compulsory redundancies, however. The reconstruction plan will be presented at the end of July, together with a plan for the wider Air France-KLM Group.
Some 100 union members and employees, from cleaning staff to check-in assistants, demonstrated earlier outside the airline´s base at Charles de Gaulle airport against plans to cut staff after receiving state aid to absorb the pandemic fallout.