Air France offers to scrap low-cost plan

CEOs: “We call on pilots to return to work immediately”

Air France is offering to scrap plans to expand its low-cost unit Transavia outside France, in return for pilots returning to work immediately. The airline said it wanted to “find an immediate outcome to this destructive conflict”, stressing “a renewed guarantee that there will be no relocation” of jobs. It says it will develop its Transavia France project instead.

There are hopes this move will finally end the strike that has been continuing for 10 days, grounding around half of the airline’s flights and costing the airline €15-20 million a day.

“Our Transavia project is a 100% pro-France project. It is about developing Transavia to encourage growth in France and quickly create more than 1,000 jobs in France (including 250 pilot jobs),” said the chief executives of Air France-KLM, Alexandre de Juniac, and Air France, Frederic Gagey in a joint statement.

“With the withdrawal of the Transavia Europe project, there is now no reason to strike because there are no longer any concerns about relocation. We therefore call on the striking pilots to return to work immediately.”


[photo courtesy Air France]