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Air France Considers Cutting Thousands of Jobs

Air France Considers Cutting Thousands of Jobs

Friday, 3 July, 2020 - 09:45
Air France planes are parked on the tarmac at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, in Roissy, near Paris, Saturday, April 7, 2018. Some 30 percent of Air France flights were cancelled Saturday as strikes over pay rises appear to be intensifying. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Asharq Al-Awsat

Air France is meeting with personnel representatives Friday to discuss thousands of job cuts after the virus pandemic grounded most flights and darkened prospects for future air travel.

Activists from the far-left CGT union protested at Air France headquarters at Paris´ Charles de Gaulle Airport as the talks kicked off.

They´re particularly angry that the French government didn´t require Air France to protect jobs when it won 7 billion euros ($8 billion) in state bailout funds in May. Unions warn that job cuts will ripple across the French economy.

The Air France meetings come days after European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, based in France, said that it must eliminate 15,000 jobs to safeguard its future.

French media reports have said the airline is looking to cut 7,500 jobs, primarily through voluntary departures, the Associated Press reported.

Airlines around the world are forecast to lose $84 billion this year, with revenue halved.

Some have filed for bankruptcy or sought bailouts to survive the near-shutdown in their activity, and officials predict the industry will take years to recover.

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