There was never a plan to move flights from KLM to Air France in an effort to restore balance between the two sister companies, CEO Alexandre de Juniac said to the Financieele Dagblad.
KLM CEO Pieter Elbers is concerned that the strike Air France pilots have planned for Saturday, one day after the start of the European Championships in France, will lead to reputation damage that will also effect the Dutch airline. In a message to the KLM staff, he called it a "destructive strike"
Air France-KLM's new CEO Jeam-Marc Janaillac is taking over the French-Dutch airlines on somewhat improved results compared to last year. In the first quarter of 2016 the airlines managed to further stem losses, though they still ended the quarter in the red
Alexandre de Juniac is stepping down as CEO Air France-KLM this summer. As of June 1st he will be working as chairman of the international trade association for airlines IATA, the Dutch-French airline group announced on Tuesday.
Schiphol airport is cutting its airport charges by an average of 11.6 percent from April next year, the airport announced on Friday. Air France-KLM also announced that it has no intention of leaving from Amsterdam and that Schiphol will remain its home-base.
Despite a slight increase in turnover, the first two quarters of this year ended in a loss for Air France-KLM. In the first quarter the airlines suffered a loss of 559 million euros, in the second quarter the loss was 79 million euros. Turnover increased by 3 percent to 6.64 billion euros. The number of passengers increased slightly in the second quarter.
Air France-KLM will not be transferring any jobs from the KLM office in Amstelveen to its own headquarters in Paris. CEO Alexandre de Juniac issued this guarantee during a conversation with State Secretary Wilma Mansveld (Infrastructure) at a summit in Paris, the Volkskrant reports.
The collective KLM resistance against conscription in Air-France, to alleviate pain in the central group, is causing frustration in Paris, De Telegraaf reports. "The French gamecocks lost face. They lick their wounds and prepare for a final offensive. If it escalates, an unworkable and unmanageable situation threatens."
One month after Air France-KLM announced its intention to invest one billion euros into its budget subsidiary Transavia, French Secretary of State for Transport Alain Vidalies has announced the project's cancellation. The withdrawal comes in response to a sustained ten-day strike by Air France pilots, which stranded thousands of passengers as the airline suffered flight delays and cancellations.
The Air France pilot strike in Paris this week has cost the airline 60 percent of flights, which had to remain grounded. The French branch has lost between €30 and €40 million because of this over the last four days, says Chief Executive Alexandre de Juniac.
Air France-KLM expects to invest 1 billion euro into budget subsidiary Transavia in the next five years, CEO Alexandre de Juniac said in an interview on Wednesday.
Despite unwelcoming market circumstances and heavy competition, Air France KLM has managed a light increase in turnover for the second quarter to €6.45 billion. Losses are also limited to €6 million.