“Dying in our souls”, Air France may stop LCC plan

CEO sees Transavia expansion as crucial to fight competition



On the tenth day of a hugely costly strike, Air France expects to operate 46% of its flights on Wednesday, as an estimated 52% of pilots plan to strike for the day. Around 200 striking pilots took to the streets of Paris this morning to publicize their case.

The bitter dispute between French pilots and Air France-KLM over the future expansion of low-cost carrier Transavia in Europe may now force the company to abandon the plan, chief executive Alexandre de Juniac says.

The CEO said he was deeply reluctant to abandon the plan, which he sees as crucial for fighting low-cost competition, but added this may be the only way forward.

“We are suspending, and if we cannot reach an agreement we will be obliged, dying in our souls, to abandon the project,” he told France Inter radio.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who supports the stance of de Juniac, warned today that the strike is creating “real danger” for the airline: “There is no reason for this strike […]. It is jeopardising the image of France and represents a real danger for Air France,” he told Europe 1 radio.


[photo courtesy Air France]


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