Air France to cut 2,800 further jobs

Air France to cut 2,800 further jobs

Air France management has presented an update on Transform 2015 to its Central Works Council, revealing a further 2,800 jobs will go next year.

Transform 2015 is designed to cut costs at the company over the next three years as it seeks to return to profitability.

In the first half of the year the implementation of measures led operating income to increase by €100 million, but further cuts would be needed, the airline said.

“Transform 2015 is taking effect and has had positive results in 2012.

“Air France is continuing its thorough transformation based on the commercial development of its markets with high growth potential, the move up market of its products and services and the reduction of its costs.

“I intend, together with all Air France staff, to concentrate on customer service and the successful recovery of our Company” declared Frédéric Gagey, chief executive, Air France.

The job losses would be spread across the company, with new Voluntary Departure Plans to be implemented.

Air France said they would be thoroughly discussed with staff representatives and unions as from October 4th.

Concerning short and medium-haul operations, the Air France Group intends to maintain its strong presence on the French market.

It has therefore decided to develop the activity of Transavia France on departure from Paris-Orly, to adjust its domestic point-to-point network and provincial bases, to increase seasonal capacity and to reorganize French stations.