The Dutch airline KLM (Air France-KLM group) announced Friday March 13 that it would cut up to 2,000 jobs to deal with the impact of the new coronavirus pandemic, among other measures to reduce costs.
KLM managing director Pieter Elbers said the company, which employs around 33,000 people, would also reduce the working time of its employees and immobilize its Boeing 747s from 1er April.
"In the coming months, we will reduce 1,500 to 2,000 jobs, which means that not only in the coming weeks, but also in the coming months, we will have fewer colleagues"said KLM managing director Pieter Elbers in a video message posted on the company's website.
He specified that these measures would primarily concern part-time employees, those close to retirement and natural departures. "We think this is the right thing to do to avoid further binding measures", he added.
Fall in number of flights
The Dutch company, which merged with Air France in 2004, had predicted a fall in the number of its flights by 20% in March and 30% in April when it had suspended its connections to China and Italy, the epicenters. Asian and European pandemic.
The Air France-KLM group estimated the cost of the pandemic at 150/200 million euros by April. "A lot has happened in the past few days", commented Mr. Elbers.
The number of infections worldwide has reached 140,720 and the number of deaths 5,347 in 124 countries and territories.