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Redundancy costs drive up losses at Air France-KLM

Redundancy costs drive up losses at Air France-KLM

Air France-KLM has seen losses widen over the three months to June as the carrier seeks to trim costs.

The Franco-Dutch carrier lost €895 million over the period, compared to losses of €197 million last year, as redundancy payments took a toll on the bottom line.

This includes a one off payment of €368 million in redundancy payments as Air France-KLM seeks to cut its workforce by ten per cent.

Fuel costs were also up €469 million.

On a more positive light for the carrier, the largest in Europe, revenue was up 4.5 per cent to €6.5 billion.

Passenger numbers also increased 2.4 per cent.

Last month, Air France-KLM announced it would to cut more than 5,000 jobs from its workforce.

The majority of the cuts will come through voluntary redundancies the carrier said when announcing the plan in June.

“These results demonstrate how crucial the success of the Transform 2015 plan is to the turnaround of the group,” said chief executive Jean-Cyril Spinetta.